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22. I’itikaf At Home 

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I’tikaf refers to going into seclusion in the mosque for the sole purpose of worshipping Allah and attaching oneself and one’s heart to His worship.
I’itikaf is only valid if done in the masjid.

BUT who says you can’t do the same at home due to circumstances. It might not be an official i’tikaf but we could seclude ourselves for worship.

Throughout the year we have the whole duniya occupying our minds, ranging from our duties in the society to useless stuff like social media, movies etc.
Ramadan is the time to make up for all the time lost.

Go off the grid, sit in the corner of your house, away from all distractions. Ponder on Allah’s might and realise how insignificant you are in everything.

Allah is Al-Malik-The sovereign. He doesn’t need you, you need Him. With all His might, He remains merciful to every being granting you provision from ways you can’t even imagine.
Think of the people of Ad and Thamud, and all the transgressors in the past And how Allah could destroy everything in a blink.
Let the thought that this world is only temporary occupy your mind, remembering that everything we fight and hassle for is basically for nothing.One day we would find only ourselves and only our deeds in the grave. Thank Allah for everything, for even the air you breathe, if He wishes you would not get it.
And emerge after Ramadan as a new being.

This could be difficult due to several reasons but it brings us to an important factor- Make plans for it. Even if it’s for several hours in a day out of the many days in Ramadan, In Sha Allah you would find yourself filled with Allah’s Nur.

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This Ramadan. . .On Deensisters! 

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This Ramadan. . .On Deensisters! 


Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu ! 

The Deensisters are happy to announce their Upcoming Series which will be featured in Ramadan titled ‘This Ramadan…’ We were inspired by the numerous Ramadan series going on and so we decided to do ours. 

It comprises of 30 to-dos for each day with hadiths, verses and more to help us reach our goal of coming closer to Allah this ramadan. It’s going to be amazing and enlightening in shaa Allah so don’t miss it. 

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{Bonus: Whatsapp Group Members get to receive Daily Duas from last year’s series😉}

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Be So Close to The Quran. . .

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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; a living or forgotten legacy

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Bismillahir-rahmanir raheem. This article 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 iymportantluy, 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 cannot 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 textgram_1491772881different religion 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.

Umm Waraqah Bint Abdullah Bint Harith 

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Umm Waraqah bint Abdullah bint Harith Ansariah(R.A)


She was among the Ansari women that burst into a song of praise of Allah and a welcome to His Messenger(S.A.W) upon his arrival to Madina. 

Men, women, girls and boys, the young and the old were waiting for the arrival of their beloved prophet(S.A.W) who was migrating from his city to theirs at their invitation and the command of Allah(SWT). 

She was a learned, scholarly, pious and modest lady, who was well known among the women companions as one who spent her nights and days in prayer and meditation. 

She used to recite the noble Qur’an beautifully; it was 2nd nature for  her to spend a lot of time meditating on the meaning of it’s verses.

The prophet(S.A.W) valued her highly and  told her to lead the family in congressional prayers. She was appointed by the prophet(S.A.W) to be an Imam and lead the prayer for ladies. 

Besides her thirst for knowledge of the Qur’an, Shari’ah and Ahadith, she had a burning desire to die a matyr in the cause of Islam. 

When it was announced that the army should prepare to leave for the battle of Badr, she went to the prophet(S.A.W) and volunteered her services to tend to the wounded in the battlefield. She told him that it was her earnest desire to die in the cause of Islam.

The prophet(S.A.W) could see her enthusiasm but told her to stay at home and she would attain martyrdom there. She went back happily because it was her duty to yield to the command of the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W).

The prophet(S.A.W) would sometimes take along some of his companions and visit the house of Umm Waraqah(R.A). He would tell them to accompany him to the house of the lady who was a living martyr.

 He would ask about her wellfare, rest for a while and then offer supplications to Allah(SWT) for her well being and then return.

Allah(SWT) revealed to his beloved Messenger  that Umm Waraqah(R.A) would die the death of a martyr in her own home. 

Nobody could understand how this would take place with her sitting in her house, but they were sure it would definitely happen, as this news had been given to them by their truthful Prophet(S.A.W).

Umm Waraqah(R.A) herself was waiting every moment to see how this auspicious event, which would be the fulfillment of her greatest dream, take place. 

She waited patiently for it would give her eternal life and a place in paradise. The prophet(S.A.W) passed. Abu Bakr Siddique(R.A) succeeded and he also passed away; Umar Farooq(R.A) became the Caliph.

Umm Waraqah(R.A) had two slaves working for her, a girl and a man. She told them that  after her death they shall be free. One day they got together and decided that they were tired of waiting for this old lady to die. 

They planned that  they would kill her While she lay asleep and escape to freedom. They were so tempted by the thought of freedom that they forgot to consider their future as well as life in the Hereafter.

In the dead of night as Umm Waraqah(R.A) lay in a deep sleep, they killed her, covered her body with a sheet and crept away from the house silently. 

As day broke and the sun came up, the neighbors missed the sound of the beautiful recitation of the Qur’an by Umm Waraqah which used to fill the air early in the dawn. 

When they entered the house they were shocked to see her lying in the sleep of Death. Then they saw that both the slaves were missing. They realized that they must be the criminals. 

Umar bin Khattab(R.A) ordered that people should be sent out to find them. When they were brought before the Caliph in the court, the admitted their guilt and were put to death.

Thus the prophet(S.A.W) was proved right , that Umm Waraqah(R.A) would die a martyr’s death in her own home, and attain paradise.

“Verily, the pious will be in the midst of Gardens and Rivers. In a seat of truth, near the Omnipotent King(Allah, the One, the All-Blessed, the Most High, the Owner of Majesty and Honour).” (54:54-55)

☆☆First Ten Days of Dhul-hijjah

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The First Ten Days of Thul-Hijjah

Allah, in His infinite Mercy and Grace, increases the rewards for good deeds in certain seasons, months, days and places, in order to aid His servants to purify themselves from major sins.

The first ten days of the twelfth month of the lunar calendar, Thul-Hijjah, are among those special days as mentioned in the Qur’aan and the Sunnah.

1. Allah swore an oath by them in the Glorious Qur’aan:

“By the dawn and by the ten nights … ” [Al-Qur’aan 89:1-2]

Ibn Katheer noted that “the ten nights” referred to here are the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah according to the opinion of leading companions of the Prophet (pbuh) like, Ibn Abbaas and Ibn az-Zubair.

2. The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, also said:

“There are no deeds as excellent as those done in these ten days.” The companions asked, “Not even Jihaad?” He replied, “No, not even Jihaad; except for a man who goes forth endangering his life and wealth and does not return with anything.” [Sahih al-Bukhaari]

3. Allah also stated:

” … and remember the name of Allah in the appointed days.” [Al-Qur’aan 2:203]

Ibn Abbaas and Ibn Katheer both said this refers to the ten days of Thul-Hijjah.

Ibn Hajar said in his commentary on Saheeh Al-Bukhaari:

“The most apparent reason for the ten days of Thul-Hijjah being distinguished in excellence is due to the assembly of the greatest acts of worship in this period, i.e. salawaat (prayers), siyaam (fasting), sadaqah (charity) and the hajj (pilgrimage). This is the only period in which so many great deeds may be combined.”

4. Also remember that if one plans to sacrifice a ram for the Eed, he or she should neither cut or trim hair and toe and finger nails until the slaughter is done.

RECOMMENDED ACTS IN THESE DAYS

1. The Prayer – It is highly recommended to perform the obligatory prayers at their prescribed times and to increase one’s voluntary prayers as this is what brings people closer to their Lord. The Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, quoted Allah as saying:

“My servant will continue to become closer to Me by doing voluntary acts of worship until I love him or her…” [Reported by Muslim]

2. Fasting on the day of ‘Arafah – the Prophet, peace be upon him, said regarding fasting on the day of ‘Arafah:

“Be contented with the fact that Allah will erase your sins of the previous year and the coming year.” [Reported by Muslim]

However, it is not preferable for the pilgrims at ‘Arafah to fast, as the Prophet, peace be upon him, ate during his stay at ‘Arafah. Also, fasting for all ten days was not done by the Prophet (pbuh)and his companions, so it is not particularly preferable.

3. Frequently saying allaahu akbar; laa illaaha illallaah and alhamdulillaah – according to a narration of Ibn ‘Umar:

There are a number of ways of making takbeer that have been narrated from the companions and their followers. The following are three among them:

– Allaahu akbar, allaahu akbar, allaahu akbaru kabeeran.

– Allahu akbar, allahu akbar, laa ilaaha illallaah, wallaahu akbar, wallaahu akbar, wa lillaahil hamd.

– Allaahu akbar, allaahu akbar, allaahu akbar, laa ilaaha illallaah, wallaahu akbar, allaahu akbar wa lillaahil hamd.

Dr. Bilal Philips

THE RAMADAN HEART WHEEL JOURNAL

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THE RAMADAN HEART WHEEL JOURNAL

Assalama alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.
Let’s learn accountability this Ramadan with the Heart wheel journal. It’s a chart that helps us rate ourselves daily on a spiritual level and let’s us see our weaknesses and strengths so as to know where or what we need to improve on.

HOW IT WORKS
You grade yourself on each row on a scale of 1-10. For example ; for the first row (Sallah with concentration), you give yourself a score based on how well you think your five daily sallahs went I.e praying them on time and with concentration.
Likewise for all the rest of the rows in a day, you score yourself. Then you add them all up to get the total for the day.

One should have a minimum total in mind that he/she should get in a day for which if he fails to meet it, he gives himself a punishment. E.g if your minimum score is 50 and you fail to get it for that day, you can task yourself a fine to give to charity, or you could do some extra chores in the house.
There are 4 columns for everyday which makes a month.

The whole point of the heart wheel journal is learning accountability and self improvement. Knowing that we have a particular score to attain per day can help to keep us in check and can help us whether the day was a good productive day or not.

So what are you waiting for? Download and Print Your Heart wheel journal ASAP.

DeensisterS….Voice of the 21st Century Muslimahs

(Originally curled from Muhammad Alshareef’s Heart Wheel Journal)