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3. This Ramadan. . .Make The Qur’an Your Best Friend 

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Day 3: This Ramadan….make the Qur’an your best friend

Think about it for a moment: “who is a best friend”? It is someone we really like & care about and this causes us to always keep in touch. Someone we intend to have a life-long relationship with.

The Qur’an contains the actual words of Allah (swt), the Almighty, the Majestic. It is His personal message to every one of us on how to gain success in this world and the next. No doubt, is a treasure chest of gems.  

And what better to do with such a treasure if not to make it our best friend?

This ramadan, let this be our biggest goal. Let us recite the Qur’an on a daily basis with contemplation. Let us make it a point to know the meaning of what we are reading so that we can enliven our lives with it. Let us become so close to it that it considers us it’s companion on the day of qiyamah.

“(This is) a Book (the Quran) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember (Q38:29)

O Allah, the Turner of hearts, make our hearts inclined to Your Qur’an and our character a living witness of it, ameen thumma ameen.

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This ramadhaan….I will reflect on Allahs creation

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When two of the sahabah went to Aisha (radiya Allahu anha), asking, “Tell us about the most unusual thing you witnessed from the Messenger of Allah,” she cried and said, All his matters were amazing.

One night, he came close to me until his skin touched my skin and he said, “Let me worship my Lord.” I said, “Wallahi, I love your being close to me, and I also love that you worship your Lord.” So he made wudu’, but didn’t use too much water. Then he stood up in prayer and cried until his beard became wet. Then he prostrated and cried until he made the ground wet. Then he then laid down on his side and cried.

When Bilal came to tell the Prophet it was time for Fajr, he said, “O Messenger of Allah! What makes you cry, when Allah has forgiven your past and future sins?” He said, “O Bilal, what are you saying! What would prevent me from crying when on this night, this ayah was revealed to me:

إنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لَآيَاتٍ لِّأُولِي الْأَلْبَاب
ِ {Certainly, in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are, indeed, signs for men of understanding.} [3:190]
“Woe to the one who recites it but does not contemplate it.”

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{Certainly, in the creation of the heavens and the Earth} [3:190] – Referring to the sky in its height and spaciousness, and the earth in its expanse and density, and the tremendous, visible signs they both contain: rotating planets; seas and mountains and deserts; trees and plants and fruits and animals and minerals; and a world full of all sorts colors and scents and tastes. {And in the alternation of night and day} 

Think about how one follows and takes from the length of the other. At times, you’ll find either the night or the day becoming longer than the other; at times one will be shorter; and other times, you’ll find that they’re both the same length.

And this same pattern of changing and altering is repeated again and again over the years, and all this occurs by the decision of the Almighty, the Most Wise. Which is why, at the end of this ayah, Allah says that in these signs, {there are indeed signs for men of understanding} – Referring to the intelligent and sound minds that contemplate the true reality of things, unlike the mentally deaf and spiritually mute, who don’t contemplate and cannot comprehend. Allah describes these righteous people

* {Those who remember Allah standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides} [3:191] –
These people remember Allah in all situations, in their heart and in their speech and actions, {and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the Earth}, – Contemplating the signs in the sky and the earth that testify to the Might, Ability, Knowledge, Wisdom, Will and Mercy of the Creator. And the ayah continues, implying that these people say:

{“Our Lord! You have not created this without purpose”}
You did not create all this in jest and play. Instead, O Allah, You created it in truth, so that You would pay back those who do evil for what they’ve done, and reward those who do good with something better. These faithful believers praise Allah and deny that He does anything in jest and without purpose, saying,

{“Glory and praise to You,”} –
How far removed and above these things you are, our Lord. You would never create anything without purpose,

{“Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire.”} – Meaning, “O You Who created the creation in truth and justice, O You Who is far from any shortcomings, far from doing things without purpose or in jest… save us from the torment of the Fire with Your Power and Strength. Direct us to perform deeds that earn us your pleasure. Guide us to doing good, righteous work so that You’ll enter us into Gardens of Delight, and save us from a painful torment.” They go on with their du’aa and supplication, saying,

{“Our Lord! Certainly, those You admit to the Fire, certainly, You’ve have disgraced him} [3:192] – By humiliating and disgracing him before all people on the Day of Gathering, {“and never will the wrongdoers find any helpers.”} – On the Day of Judgment, who would save them from You? There’s no escaping whatever fate You decide for them.

{“Our Lord! Certainly, we heard the call of one calling to faith,”} [3:193] – A caller who calls to faith, referring to the Messenger of Allah; this caller said, {‘Believe in your Lord,’ and we have believed} – So they heard the call, and they accepted his call and followed him.

{Our Lord! Forgive our sins”} – Forgive our sins on account of our faith and obeying Your Prophet, forgive and cover them {“and expiate our evil deeds”} – Forgive these things in private,

{“And make us die along with al-Abrar.”} – Join us with the righteous people. And still, their du’aa continues..

{“Our Lord! Grant us what You promised unto us through Your Messengers”} [3:194] – Meaning, give us what You promised us through the words of Your Messengers, in terms of victory and success in this world, and Your Pleasure and Paradise in the next,

{“and don’t disgrace us on the Day of Resurrection”} – Don’t expose us before all creation, {“for You never break Your Promise.”} – Certainly, the promise You conveyed to Your Messengers, which includes us being resurrected before You, will surely come to pass.

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It was the Prophet’s habit, salla Allahu alayhi wasallam, to recite the last few ayahs at the end of Aal ‘Imran when he woke up at night for voluntary prayer, and it was these ayahs that – when they first came down, caused him to weep until his beard, and the earth where he made sujood, become wet. [The above was taken — with some alternation — from the Abridged Tafsir of Ibn Kathir.] 

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Action points:

– Read the last few ayahs of Surat Aal ‘Imran, ayahs 193-200, in their original Arabic, contemplating on what Allah is saying in them. Read a tafsir alongside the ayahs, for maximum benefit. Better yet, memorize these ayahs, and recite them when you wake up at night for prayer.

-Know that some of the righteous people of the past considered it better to spend some time reflecting on Allah’s creation than to pray qiyaam all night. This is because it’s possible to go through the motions of prayer mechanically; but when you sit down to contemplate, you immediately engage your heart and mind in reflecting on Allah’s signs.

– Reflect on your own creation. Realize that Allah gave us signs to reflect on, both in His Book, and in the world all around us, and even within ourselves. Yes. Allah made countless signs inside us, in the creation of humans: in the chambers of our beating hearts; in the inner cochlea of our ears. In our senses and our ability to experience the world around us; in our unique ability to form words and produce beautiful, eloquent speech. Our skin and our flesh and our bones, our movements and our features, our personalities and characters and abilities, all coming together… “And We have certainly created man in the best form and stature” [95:4]

– Spend time in nature. Don’t neglect your work or duties or worship, but take time to disconnect from media and its glaring screens, from the constant pull towards “entertainment.” Go outside for a walk. Leave your phone at home. Sit under the shade of a tree and recite Qur’an. Go out at night this Ramadan to reflect on the stages of the moon and reflect over its phases and the passage of time. Reflect on the sun – that star, that burning ball of fire – which Allah made a means for life on earth. Trees that grow from minute seeds to become many times their size, branches growing in all directions, twisting and turning to reach this sun. Birds and animals with species to amaze. A sky lit up and painted daily with so many breathtaking strokes of color. Marvel at Allah’s creation and power and strength.

Soak in the beauty of a world Allah created, all the while hoping and praying for what’s better and more-lasting in the Hereafter. Flawless. Beautiful. Allah’s creation, ‘azza wa jall. Fatabaaraka Allahu ahsanul-Khaaliqeen, “Glory be to Allah, the Best of Creators” [23:14].

Taken from http://www.igotitcovered.org

☆Qur’anic Gems☆ Day 29. Ramadhan 1435.

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Surah Al-Muzzammil, Verse 20:
فَاقْرَءُوا مَا تَيَسَّرَ مِنْهُ وَأَقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتُوا الزَّكَاةَ وَأَقْرِضُوا اللَّهَ قَرْضًا حَسَنًا وَمَا تُقَدِّمُوا لِأَنفُسِكُم مِّنْ خَيْرٍ تَجِدُوهُ عِندَ اللَّهِ هُوَ خَيْرًا وَأَعْظَمَ أَجْرًا وَاسْتَغْفِرُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِي
So recite (the Qur’an) as much as may be easy (for you), & perform As-Salat & give Zakat, & lend to Allah a goodly loan, & whatever good you send before you for yourselves, you will certainly find it with Allah, better & greater in reward. And seek Forgiveness of Allah. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most-Merciful.

Allah (swt) being always The Most Merciful, encourages & guides us in the above verse with regards to those good deeds we should do to earn us great rewards.

✓Reciting the Qur’an: “Verily those who recite the Book of Allah & perform salah & spend in charity, secretely & openly, hope for a (sure) tradegain that will never perish” [35:29]

✓Salat: Allah (swt), in a hadith qudsi, bluntly declared how precious salat is to Him:
“Out of all the ways through which My servant gets closer to Me, salat is the dearest to me” [Bukhari]

✓Zakah & sadaqah:” Verily those who give sadaqat, men & women, & lend to Allah a goodly loan, it shall be increased in manifold (to their credit) & theirs shall be an honourable good reward”. [57:18]

And lastly, after doing all these, Allah (swt) tells us to ask forgiveness to earn His mercy, for indeed it is His mercy that can take us to paradise, not our good deeds alone. [Bukhari, Muslim]

May Allah (swt) make such excellent deeds our part of our daily routine, & may He grant us steadfastness in His performing plenty ibadahs (worship), after ramadan. ameen.

☆Qur’anic Gems☆ Day 28. Ramadhan 1435.

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Surah Al-Hashr, Verse 9:
وَمَن يُوقَ شُحَّ نَفْسِهِ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ

….. And whosoever is saved from his souls (own) covetousness, such are they who will be the successful.

Allah (swt) gave the inhabitants of madina this description, because, they gave” preference over themselves (to the emigrants), even though they were in need of that.[ 59[:9] and they became the successful.

Covetousness of the soul refers to the the act of the soul of coveting (loving) things & actions that are inappropriate. This leads to giving preference to personal pleasure over Allahs pleasure. A lot of times, we do things that we are sure is wrong, or things that we doubt as regards to its appropriateness. The prophet (saw) said:
“seek a verdict from your heart. Virtue is that which your soul & body and heart feel satisfied with. Sin is that which troubles the soul & about which the heart is uneasy & confuses, even though people may give their legal opinion in its favour. [Muslim]

Things such as:
-Not doing work entrusted to us properly.
-looking at that man/woman in a wrong way
-doing what one’s husband dislikes
-Not following the proper (sunnah) way of doing things,
-and many more.

“There’s no doubt the soul, is indeed inclined to evil” but that is why Allah (swt) gave us a mind to think and see clearly [12:53]

“But as for him who feared standing before his Lord, & restrained himself from impure evil desires, & lusts. Verily, paradise will be his abode.” [79:40-41]

We ask Allah (swt) to save us from our souls covetousness today & every other day as well. Ameen. May He also bring an end to all the suffering faced by muslims all over the world. Ameen.

☆Qur’anic Gems☆ Day 27. Ramadhan 1435.

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Surah Al-Hadid, Verse 21:
سَابِقُوا إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا كَعَرْضِ السَّمَاءِ وَالْأَرْضِ أُعِدَّتْ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا بِاللَّهِ وَرُسُلِهِ

Race one with another in hastening towards Forgiveness from your Lord (Allah), and towards Paradise, the width whereof is as the width of heaven and earth, prepared for those who believe in Allah and His Messengers…..

Allah tells us to gather all the energy we need, use all the momentum we have, and race with one another for His forgiveness, & His paradise, for that is indeed the supreme success.
And what better time for such a race than now?

Its the last 3/4 days of the best month of the year. Wherein lies days that are filled with His mercy and nights so blessed. A time wherein Allah’s mercy & forgiveness are at its peak! The prophet (saw) said:

“Whoever tries drawing nearer to Allah by performing any virtuous deed in this month, for him shall be such reward as if he had performed a far (obligatory observance) in any other time of the year. And whoever performs a far, for him shall be the reward of seventy in any other time of the year” [bn khuzaymah & Bayhaqi]

So whoever you are, wherever you may be, start sprinting to paradise now! Don’t let the other days of ramadan spoil these last few ones, its never too late, even an hour in ramadan is of great great importance. Keep your tongue moist with His remembrance! This is not a time for sleeping to ones content, rather it is a time to race and receive the best of prizes (jannah), in shaa Allah.

May Allah accept our all deeds, & answer all our duas, ameen.

☆Qur’anic Gems☆ Day 26. Ramadhan 1435.

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Surah Al-Hujraat, Verse 13:
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَىٰ وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ

O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa (God- consciousness). Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.

We have been created & grouped into different tribes & nations, as Allah (swt) has said, for the sole purpose of identifying one another like it was done in the olden days, “son of so & so, from so & so tribe or clan. So some people from one tribe or nation might be more beautiful, more honourable, & sometimes even more smarter than others, but that is not the basis of classifying people’s value or honour in islam, as we do nowadays. Islam even frowns strongly at tribalism. Likewise, peoples honour doesn’t depend on their riches, or their profession.

Surely, he who has the most ‘God-consciousness’ is he who is most honoured, as Allah & His messenger both proclaimed.

“The most honourable among them with Allah (people) is the one with the most taqwa”. [Bukhari]

The level of our taqwa, therefore, should be our source of happiness, because in it lies our value as human beings. As Yasmin Mogahed puts it:

“Don’t let your source of fulfillment be anything other than your relationship with God. Don’t let your definition of success, failure or self worth be anything other than your position with Him”. [Reclaim your heart, page 19]

Similarly, he whose ‘taqwa’ increases the most in this blessed month has indeed surpassed us all, and will emerge 1st place at the end of the ramadan race. [2:183]

May Allah (swt) make us of those who live with the whole Qur’an, in heart and in mind, ameen.

☆Qur’anic Gems☆ Day 25. Ramadhan 1435.

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Surah Ash-Shura, Verse 43:
وَلَمَن صَبَرَ وَغَفَرَ إِنَّ ذَٰلِكَ لَمِنْ عَزْمِ الْأُمُورِ
And verily, whosoever shows patience and forgives (the wrong done to him) that would truly be from the things recommended by Allah.

In a similar verse in the previous surah, Allah says; “the Good and the evil can never be equal”. Repel (the evil) with that which is best”. [41:34]

That is: the good deed will always be superior to the evil deed, therefore have patience, overlook & forgive, and continue to do good (to that person) for indeed you will be superior in the eyes of Your Lord.

Ibn abbas (ra) said about the above verse:”Allah commands the believer to be patient when they feel angry, to be forbearing when confronted with ignorance, and to forgive when mistreated”.

Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, used to say ” There is no better punishment for one who has disobeyed Allah with regard to you, than your obeying Allah with regard to him”.

Indeed it is considered that all the wrong man does, does it out ignorance of His Lord. So praise be to Allah that has counted us not among the ignorant, and treat the ignorance of the ignorant with patience. Surely “patience is the best gift a bel

May Allah (swt) increase us in all good, and gift us with more gems from His Glorious book, ameen.

Humble plea to please include our brothers & sisters in damboa, borno state in our duas, who have been subjected to severe torment by the so called boko haram sect, who have also taken over their village. The media might be silent, but our duas will be with them isA .