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20.This Ramadan. . . Worship out of Love of Allah

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To love Allah is undoubtedly the only way for one to live a happy and serene life in both worlds. But exactly does it mean to love Allah?

As humans when we love one another we are willing to go to great lengths for them. Sometimes things that do not even make perfect sense. Then why not Allah? When He is the one most deserving of our love.

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Undoubtedly love of Him leads to submission and obedience to Him, seeking His pleasure, doing one’s utmost in worship of Him and turning to Him. This is the best and strongest motive to do acts of worship. Even if there were no commands and prohibitions, no reward and punishment, one would do one’s best and devote one’s heart to the true God.

Therefore one of the salaf said: Loving Him motivates me in such a way that is even stronger than His commands. And ‘Umar said concerning Suhayb: Even if he did not fear Allah, he would not disobey Him…

We are always of the thought that worshipping Allah is a burden, or perhaps we want something from Allah therefore we pray our Salah on time, fast, give charity etc.
How about this Ramadan we worship only because we love Allah. We act as selfless lovers and not focus our worship for something in return.

Increase your love for Allah and He would love you- What better achievement compared to Allah’s love?  : «When Allah loves a slave, He says to Jibreel, “I love so-and-so, so love him”, so Jibreel loves him and then calls out to the people of heaven, “Allah loves so-and-so, so love him”, and the people of heaven love him, and then acceptance is placed in the Earth for him».

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The Advice Of All Times

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Advice from Abu Bakr, the 1st khalifa of Islam (on his death bed), to Umar, the 2nd khalifa of Islam, may Allah be pleased with both of them:

♢ Fear Allah, O ‘Umar, and know that Allah has deeds to be done for Him in the day which He will not accept if done at night, and He has deeds to be done for Him at night which He will not accept if done during the day.

He will not accept extra (nâfilah) deeds unless you fulfill the obligatory deeds. 

♢ The scales of those whose scales will be weighty on the Day of Resurrection will only be weighty because they followed the truth in this life and it was weighty to them.

And scales in which the truth will be placed tomorrow truly deserve to be heavy.

And the scales of those whose scales will be light on the Day of Resurrection will only be light because they followed falsehood in this life and it was a light matter to them.

And scales in which falsehood will be placed tomorrow truly deserve to be light.

♢ Allah the Exalted has mentioned the people of Paradise and mentioned them in the context of their best deeds, and overlooked their evil deeds, so when I remember them I say to myself: I fear that I will not be included with them.

And Allah the Exalted has mentioned the people of Hell and mentioned them in the context of their worst deeds and rejected their best deeds, so when I remember them I say: I hope I won’t be amongst them. 

Allah’s worshippers should always be in a state of hope and fear, they shouldn’t wish flimsy wishes about Allah and neither should they despair of Allah’s mercy.

♢ If you keep to this advice of mine, no one who is not with you now should be more beloved to you than death – and it is sure to come to you. 

But if you disregard this advice, no one who is not with you now should be more hated to you than death – and you cannot escape it.- Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq on his deathbed to ‘Umar bin khattab (May Allah be pleased with them)

One Day At A Time

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Bismillah.

Being a last born, there’s so much I get to see and witness at a young age. I get to know a lot of things that most people my age don’t know; the good, the bad and the ugly stuffs. 
I’m the last born of a family of six girls, and with girls, there’s usually much more drama. 
I’ve witnessed my sisters go through heartbreaks; I’ve seen my AS-sister say goodbye to her dream guy for fear of Sickle-celled children, I’ve seen another marry the love of her life and still get separated from him and I’ve seen another experience the demise of the man she thought she was going to marry. 
And also, living at my sister’s, when her friends come, I get to hear all about the marital life, mostly the negatives. The fighting, the cheating, the problems, the chaos,etc 

So for a while I became a pessimist, I couldn’t dream about fairy tales cause apparently they don’t exist. Even when I wrote stories, I wrote them with sad endings. I just started worrying about problems before they even came. I would sit down and contemplate for hours about where or when my tests would come, was I going to get sick and become bedridden? Was poverty my test? Was I going to get kicked out of Med school? Was I going to end up in a loveless marriage or an abusive marriage or not even get married at all? Was it going to come from children? Would I not have them or would they turn out bad? I just thought about all the possible bad things that could happen and began worrying about them before their arrival.

But lately, I’m trying to stop this attitude of overthinking, it just ruins your current happiness. I stumbled upon a quote that I’m taking as my life motto now; 

‘Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24hrs in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be’.
            

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I find this quote really inspiring wallah, the simple message is to take life one day at a time. Don’t think beyond the 24hrs in front of you, let tomorrow come before you can worry about it. 

And i take ‘where you want to be’ as in Allah’s good books I.e Jannah so I try to live everyday in obedience to Allah. Because that is the ultimate goal. It would really be a shame to go through this unpleasant life and end up in a place far worse; Jahannam. 
I’ve realised that this life is really uncool, for everybody, even if you have a seemingly perfect life, you might have a relative or a friend that is in a dilemma and you’d be obliged to feel down too. Everyone is fighting one battle or the other in this life; the muslim and non-muslim, the female and the male, the pious and the wrong-doers,etc So it’s better to live a life of obedience to Allah so that you can rest in the eternal life to come.

I guess if I can go through the hurdles of life, the tests, the calamities, the delights, the pain and the heartbreaks and still remain in Allah’s good books, then I would have been successful.

In conclusion, I’d like to advice myself and whoever is reading this; 
Live! Don’t just exist. 
Go out and do something great! Don’t just sit around waiting for life to get you. 
Enjoy the beautiful moments in life because life has a lot of such to offer, don’t ruin your present happiness by predicting future sadness. 
Enjoy the fun times with your family and don’t keep thinking that it’ll end soon; 
dance at your wedding and don’t be gloomy because your husband might change in the long run; 
shower your children with love and care and don’t keep anticipating whether they’ll turn out good or not. This life is not perfect; it’s not perfectly good and it’s not perfectly bad. 
Don’t overthink things. Your life has already been planned by Allah.
And when your test arrive, look to the Qur’an and Sunnah for ways to deal with it.
Don’t let your tests make you go further away from Allah, rather let them bring you closer to Him. 
And finally, don’t loose sight of the ultimate goal! 
Keep your eyes on the prize; Jannah!

Umm Saabir

The Illusion of ‘having fun’.

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Bismillah.
I was discussing with a sister recently and she was narrating an encounter she had with some other sisters at a wedding. She was discussing with a sister about how it’s wrong to dance (if it’s in a mixed gathering) and the other sisters, as if waiting for the opportunity, started getting at her. They were telling her that she shouldn’t be so uptight and rigid, she should lighten up and be happy. So she asked them ‘Do I look unhappy to you?’ and then one of them replied, ‘well, you’re boringly happy’. They had a laugh and the conversation ended.
As she was narrating the incidence to me, I recalled the several times I had similar encounters too, of people telling me to loosen up and ‘have fun’. People assume being a practicing muslim is weird and boring, like we don’t enjoy life.  And I wish that people could be me for a day and see that I do ‘have fun’ ; halal fun. See there’s no ‘fun’ in disobeying Allah. That type of fun only leaves us feeling guilty afterwards, and if we don’t feel guilty after disobeying Allah then we should check our hearts ; they may be physically alive but spiritually dead.

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But we’re normal human beings too, we want to loosen the hijab a lil too and get the attention, date the bad boys, listen to music and dance, ‘have fun’ too.
But then what happens? We have fun, and then we die? Because no one can deny death. And we get questioned for all the ‘fun’ we had. See the issue is we’re all going to die, we’re all going to be questioned in the grave and we all have one God to answer too; those who ‘had fun’ and those who were ‘boringly happy’.

I was once advising a friend of mine about the camel hump hijab style and she was not bothered and told me ‘our deeds are never going to be enough to get us to Jannah anyway’. I honestly felt like smacking her! How can we use that as an excuse to disobey Allah? Granted, our deeds will never be sufficient to get us to jannah, it is only by Allah’s mercy that we can attain it. But what do you think will attract Allah’s mercy? Your good deeds or your bad deeds? Do we honestly think that we can go about living life breaking Allah’s commands and expect His mercy on Yaumul Qiyamah? Have you forgotten that there are the likes of Umar bin khattab, Abubakar As-siddiq, Fatima(RA) and imam Ahmad in our ummah? Imagine if on the Day of the Judgement you get called up after someone like Ibn Qayyim or Imam shafi’e, how do you think your questioning will go? What excuses will we give Allah as to why we disobeyed Him?
Sometimes we ought to view our sacrifices as the cases that we can present to Allah azza-wa-jall; when He (SWT) calls out our numerous sins and all we can answer is guilty Ya Rabb, guilty, perhaps we can plead with Him and tell Him that we gave up and so and so for His sake, we did so and so for His sake.

As Imam Omar Suleiman said in one of his lectures, ‘Anybody can do good deeds, anybody can give sadaqah and read Qur’an, the real challenge is giving up bad deeds’.
We should always look to those above us in the deen and not those below us.

So you see my dear brothers and sisters, there’s no use in having fun at the expense of Allah’s pleasure, we’re going to be held accountable for the ‘fun’ we had and God forbid we get to experience the torment of Jahannam because of it. The only fun worth having is the kind where you’re still in Allah’s good books even after it.
And let’s also try and make sacrifices for the sake of Allah. Let’s try and leave that sin or bad habit that we are more aware of so that we may earn Allah’s pleasure and His mercy on the Day of Judgement.
May Allah guide us all and make the following of guidance easy for us, ameen.
Assalama alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
Your sister in Deen,
Umm Saabir.

This Ramadan… I will fall in love with qiyam♡♥

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This Ramadan… I will fall in love with qiyam♡♥

“Whoever stands in night prayer throughout Ramadan, with faith and expecting Allah’s reward, his previous sins will be forgiven…” [Sahih an-Nisa’i]

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Maybe you’re a homeschooling mother of four. Between the kid’s studies and the chores, between running errands and the distraction of phone calls, the concept of “alone time” is all but obsolete.

Or maybe you’re a student, young and mostly carefree, but you’re trying to find your way through life. You’ve managed to make friends at school; you fit in now with your peers, but something feels missing, and you no longer feel as connected to Allah as you used to. A nagging question of “Why don’t I feel happy? Who am I, really, and what should I be doing with my life?” haunts you.

Or else you’re a nurse who works 12-hour shifts. You selflessly look after others, and even when the day has felt particularly long (the patients did nothing but complain, and one of the doctors got snappy with you), you don’t have time to pause. You come home daily to aging parents who also need your care and attention.

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So often, we find ourselves stuck in a rut. We keep going in circles, from one responsibility to the next, without any sense of relief. It’s just the same thing, over and over, and we’re trapped by life’s daily grind. If only we knew the treasures the night can hold: The peace and silence; the calm and tranquility not found during the day. Lights out, family and children asleep, a phone line which might as well be dead. If only we recognized the night as our chance to talk – uninterrupted – with our Lord.

If only we understood it as our chance to draw closer to Allah. To know that He descends, subhanahu wa ta’ala, every night in the last third of the night to the nearest heaven, in a way befitting His Might and Majesty.

When the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wasallam was sent with the message of Islam, Allah told him to stand up and pray: * O you wrapped up in your garment: * Stand (to pray) all night, except for a little. * Half of it, or a little less than that, * Or a little more, and recite the Qur’an with a slow, measured recitation. * Certainly, we’ll be sending down a heavy word to you. * Certainly, the hours of the night make a deeper impression and are more suitable for understanding the words (of Allah). * Certainly, you’re preoccupied for long hours during the day. And remember the Name of your Lord and devote yourself to Him with complete devotion. [73:1-8]

Even our beloved Messenger faced difficulties. And this was Allah’s way of telling him that he should stand up to pray at night; that when he did, Allah would give him the strength to carry on during the day, salla Allahu alayhi wasallam. So whatever difficult times and long days we’re facing, when our beds and the thought of rest calls out to us, we should remember not to forget to make qiyam, to put in an effort to stand up before Allah and pray.

Extra night prayers should be what we turn to: they should be our source of strength and comfort. Alhamdulillah, it’s easy to taste the sweetness of night prayer during Ramadan. We stand behind the Imam for long rak’ahs listening to the beautiful recitation, and we’re able to join in and reflect on the du’aa during witr. But qiyam should be something we strive for year-round. And in order to turn it into a habit, we need to fall in love with qiyam.

Maybe that’s too high of a goal as of yet. Falling in love with something isn’t as easy as we think. Falling in love requires a lot of commitment and sacrifice. Falling in love means that we’re ready to give up anything for what we love. It means that we’re ready to do anything we can in order to get it, that we’re ready to sacrifice other very dear and important things for it, that we’re ready to prove our claim true by racing to achieve it.

Yes, maybe that is a bit too much. But if we don’t strive for this level, then how do we truly value the blessings, those acts of worship Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has gifted us with throughout the year, and especially during Ramadan? We can’t attain anything we truly value until we become willing to sacrifice for it. That mental rest from the long day’s toil; those most beautiful moments spent in seclusion with Allah; that sense of understanding and peace that can only come from being connected with our Creator and Maker – how will we achieve any of that if we’re not willing to sacrifice for it? How will we be given Allah’s love, how will we earn His nearness, how will we enjoy the sweetness of worshiping Him, subhanahu wa ta’ala, unless we give up our sleep, our laziness, our late-night surfing? Instead of clicking on just one more useless YouTube video to laugh, instead of checking Twitter just one more time for updates, instead of having that last slice of cake which will taste delicious but make us sleepy… why not give it all up to prepare to stand before Allah ta’ala at night and pray?

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The Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wasallam commented on one of his companions by saying, “What a righteous man Abdullah is, if only he would pray at night.” [Bukhari]

Think of how righteous you and I can become, if only we would get up to pray at night. Think of how close to Allah we can grow, if only we’d put a little effort in. We want to become righteous people. We want Allah’s love and His nearness, His mercy and forgiveness. We went to go through life’s difficulties with strength and vigor, knowing that what we do is only for Allah… so let’s prove that we want all this by sacrificing and struggling to stand before Allah.

                                This Ramadan, let’s fall in love with qiyam ♡♥

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Points to Consider:

– If you’re praying tawareeh (which is a form of qiyam), make sure to complete the whole taraweeh prayer with the Imam and end when he ends. The Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wasallam said regarding the night prayer in Ramadan: “Whoever prays qiyam with the imam until he finishes, it will be recorded as if he spent the whole night in prayer.” [Tirmidhi]

– If you missed out on taraweeh, wake up a little early for suhoor to pray. For sisters who can’t pray, still wake up a little early to make istighfar, and insha’Allah Allah will reward you for praying qiyam consistently.

– Make qiyam an occasion where you dress your best, preparing to meet Allah.

-Make du’aa during qiyam in Ramadan that Allah will continue to bless you with being to stand before Him throughout Ramadan, and beyond  for the rest of the year.

The devil’s instrument☆

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Our heart has a beat and a rhythm, but at times it seems a bit interrupted.
with sounds that might sound astounding, but it invades the heart and only corrupts it.
It intoxicates the heart, even though he might feel completely sober.
It fills the vein with its venom, the like of a deadly cobra.
That sound today is found stuck in our ears like a plug.
It blocks us out from the reality, because its more addicting than any drug.
It paints a false image and has the heart believing in that which is displayed.
It pressures him into the darkness, so all his light starts to slowly fade.
So to him this world becomes, just like another arcade.
So he takes this world in vanity, and forgets the purpose of it being made.
Soon deeds become not important, and wickedness catches the eyes.
So that which is actually the falsehood, becomes the truth in its disguise.
And little does he know, that it plays with his emotions.
The love for Allah is gone, because his heart is now hard and frozen.
And much other harms afflicts him, that are too many to be even measured.

Because the rhythm of his heart, is now just a broken record.
And why even listen to that haram when you have the lyrics of the book of your Master.
No lyrics in the world can ever be equal to its smallest chapter.
Matter of fact not even a sentence, nor a single letter.
And music will just destroy you, but the Quran’s recitation will make you better.
So lets all clear our mind and open our ears to its speaker.

To Allah the greatest, and it’ll make us stronger and the devil only weaker.
Because the rhythm of his heart, is now just a broken record
And why even listen to that haram when you have the lyrics of the book of your Master.
No lyrics in the world can ever be equal to its smallest chapter.
Matter of fact not even a sentence, nor a single letter.
And music will just destroy you, but the Quran’s recitation will make you better.
So lets all clear our mind and open our ears to its speake

★Our Hadith Of The Day: Trust & Reliance★

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Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) said: When (Prophet) Ibrahim (Abraham) was thrown into the fire, he said: “Allah (Alone) is sufficient for us, and, He is the Best Disposer of affairs.” So did Messenger of Allah Muhammad (PBUH) when he was told: “A great army of the pagans had gathered against him, so fear them”. But this (warning) only increased him and the Muslims in Faith and they said: “Allah (Alone) is sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us)”.
[Al-Bukhari].

Even in the worst of circumstances, one should always have faith & trust in Allah. Nothing will happen to us unless what Allah has decreed & whatever he decrees is the best for His servant.

And we ask Allah (swt) to grant us the utmost trust and reliance in Him, ameen.