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12.This Ramadan. . . I’ll be extra careful with my tongue.

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Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudree narrated that the Messenger of Allah said, “When man wakes up in the morning each day, all parts of the body warn the tongue saying, ‘Fear Allah as regards us for we are at your mercy; if you are upright, we will be upright and if you are crooked, we become crooked.’” (At-Tirmidhee)

The tongue is a small organ in the body, but when left unchecked or uncontrolled can cause great harm to us and to others. Sins of the tongue, which include backbiting, slandering, mockery, lying and vulgar speech are often taken very lightly by many people when it reality they are very grave. Some are even among the major sins in Islam.

Did you know that your fast can be nullified because of sins of the tongue?

The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever does not abandon false speech and acting upon it, then Allaah is not in need of him abandoning his food and drink.”[Reported by Al-Bukhaaree]

The person who truly observes the fast is he who withholds his stomach from food and drink, refrains his limbs from sins, restricts his tongue from vile and evil speech, restrains his ears from listening to backbiting and gossip, and holds back his eyes from looking at the forbidden.

So do yourself a favour this Ramadan, and be careful with your tongue; it’d be such a shame to loose the reward of fasting just because of a backbiting or slander that you did. Let the hadith ‘Say good or be silent’ be your slogan always.

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1. This Could Be Your Last Ramadan. . .

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Take out your phone. Open a blank text and address it to yourself. Write the following: “(your name) has passed away. Inna lillahi wa inna illayhi raji’un. Janazah will be held at our local masjid. Please try to attend and pray for him/her maghfirah”. Now how did that make you feel? How many of such texts have we opened since last Ramadan? Take a moment and recall how many people you were together with last Ramadan who have now passed away.

If you’re reading this then it means you’re alive and have reached another Ramadan, do you realise how lucky you are? Do you know the blessing that has been bestowed upon you? Read the hadith below so you can understand;

Talha ibn ‘Ubaydallah (radhiallahu anhu) reported that two men came to the Prophet (sallallahualayhi wa sallam) who had accepted Islam at the same time. One of them used to partake in Jihad more-so than the other, and so (one day) he fought in a battle and was martyred therein. The other remained behind him for another year, and then he passed away.

Talha said, ‘I saw in my dream that I was at the door of Paradise when behold, I was with both of them (the two men). Someone came out of Paradise and allowed the man who passed away later to enter first. Then he came out again and allowed the martyred one to enter. Then he returned and said to me, ‘Go back, for your time has not come yet.’

Talha woke up and began to inform others about this and they were all surprised. This reached the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and when they informed him of it, he said: He (sallallahualayhi wa sallam) said, ‘What are you surprised about?’ They said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Out of them both, this one strove harder (in Jihad) then he was martyred but this other one was entered into Paradise before him.’ The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said,

‘Did he not remain behind him for one year?’ They said, ‘Yes (he did).’ He said, ‘Did he not reach Ramadan, fast and pray with such and such number of prostrations in the year?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘So the difference between them is greater than what is between the heavens and the earth .
Sahih narration from Ibn Majah (2/345, 346) and al-Albani’s ‘al-Silsilah al-Sahihah’

We have a precious opportunity in our hands, don’t take it for granted. There’s no guarantee that we’ll reach another Ramadan, there’s not even a guarantee that we’ll reach the end of this one! So let’s put in our best efforts to see that it’s our best ever Ramadan yet!

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♡♥Generosity….A way of life.

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With our occasional donations at different times of the year, we tend to believe that we have performed the obligation of spending on others. Generosity is not a one time act; it’s a person’s lifestyle, a daily habit, a way of life and the ways to achieving this are limitless! It does not only imply spending one’s money for a good cause as that is just a part of it. Generosity is the result of being kind toward others with everything that we have been blessed with; it could be with our wealth, time, advice, expertise or even our smile. It is about sharing it with others with a big heart!
Generosity is of different types:

1) With Wealth:
This includes Zakaah and Sadaqah(charity). Giving out from one’s wealth is immensely high lighted in our beautiful religion, so much that zakaah is one of the five pillars of Islam. According to Islam Q  and A, Zakaah  is enjoined in Islam on specific things, which are: gold, silver, crops, fruits, trade goods and an’aam livestock, i.e., camels, cattle and sheep. Whereas, sadaqah is not obligatory on any kind of wealth, rather it is what a person can give, without any specific limits or guidelines. Our prophet Mohammed SAW taught us how simple it is for one to enjoin in sadqah in this beautiful hadith:
Abu Dharr narrated that the Messenger of Allah said :
“Your smiling in the face of your brother is charity, commanding good and forbidding evil is charity, your giving directions to a man lost in the land is charity for you. Your seeing for a man with bad sight is a charity for you, your removal of a rock, a thorn or a bone from the road is charity for you. Your pouring what remains from your bucket into the bucket of your brother is charity for you.”   (Jami` at-Tirmidhi)
SubhanAllah! Even the smallest of actions when performed with a pure intention are considered a form of charity; hence we should make good use of this.
Moreover, Allah swt says in the glorious Qur’an:
“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” (Surat Al-Baqarah, 2:261)
This incredible ayah portrays the infinite reward from Allah swt for those who spend for His sake, so how could we carelessly deprive ourselves of such a reward by putting a limit to our generosity?

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2) With Time:
Many a times, we get caught up with work load, it could be due to our school/university deadlines or our demanding jobs and careers. This causes us to isolate ourselves from others in order for us to ‘focus’ on finishing the tasks on hand. Our loved ones get less attention, we become outdated with new events and happenings in their lives and we almost forget that others exist alongside us. Being generous with our time is a fundamental aspect of having healthy relationships. If we don’t even have the time to ask others “how was your day”, then how could we expect our relationships to remain prosperous?
Action plan:
1) Give your loved ones more of your time- the key to doing this is to manage your time well by ensuring time for work and time for family and friends.
2) Volunteering activities- If you don’t know what to do when free, then what could be more honorable than dedicating some of your time to help those who are less fortunate or for community service?
3) With Advice
The prophet SAW taught us to love for one another what we love for ourselves:
It is narrated on the authority of Anas b. Malik that the Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) observed: “None amongst you believes (truly) until he loves for his brother” – or he said “for his neighbor” – “that which he loves for himself.” (Sahih Muslim)
Therefore, if a friend is going through certain difficulties, our main concern should be to see the smile on their faces by relieving them from their stress or worries.
Action plan:
1) It is a duty upon us to listen to people’s concerns without interruptions and with full attention so that we may be able to give the best advice possible.
2) We have to be sincerely concerned for those who come to confide in us, it would be inconsiderate of us to just give any advice in order to dismiss them as soon as could be.
3) Whatever secret information is disclosed during the conversation must be kept safe and not publicized to the entire world. We have to appreciate people’s privacy and abstain from injuring their feelings and emotions.
Inspirational Stories:

1) Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab:
“The Messenger of Allah SAW commanded us one day to give sadaqah. At that time I had some property. I said: Today I shall surpass AbuBakr if I surpass him any day. I, therefore, brought half my property. The Messenger of Allah SAW asked: What did you leave for your family? I replied: The same amount. AbuBakr brought all that he had with him. The Messenger of Allah SAW asked him: What did you leave for your family? He replied: I left Allah and His Apostle for them. I said: I shall never compete you in anything.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)
2) One day a beggar knocked on the door of AyeshaRAaaand she was fasting. There was only a piece of bread in the house for AyeshaRAaato break her fast with, yet she insisted for it to be given to the beggar, overlooking her own need. That evening, food was sent to her door and it was better than the piece of bread she had. SubhanAllah!
Without a doubt, the most generous of people to ever walk on earth are the Prophet SAW and the companions. They are our role models because they were generous even in times of hardship and never did they do it for publicity, it was solely for the sake of Allah swt. We have to revive this aspect of our Islamic identity; therefore, let’s get into the ‘art of giving’ and make it a habit to put a smile on a person’s face, everyday!
References:
1)http://islamqa.info/en/9449
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Hadith of the day

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“The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer and there is goodness in both. Strive for that which will benefit you, seek help from Allah and do not despair. If a mishap should happen to befall you then do not say ‘if only I had acted..such and such wold have happened.’
Rather say: ‘Allah has decreed and what He wills, He does.’
…for verily, ‘if’ let’s in the work of the devil.”

Hadith of the month.

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Volume 9, Book 87, Number 171:

Narrated Samura bin Jundub:

Allah’s Apostle very often used to ask his companions,
“Did anyone of you see a dream?”
So dreams would be narrated to him by those whom Allah wished to tell.

One morning the Prophet said,
“Last night two persons came to me (in a dream) and woke me up and said to me, ‘Proceed!’

I set out with them and we came across a man Lying down, and behold, another man was standing over his head, holding a big rock.
Behold, he was throwing the rock at the man’s head, injuring it. The rock rolled away and the thrower followed it and took it back. By the time he reached the man, his head returned to the normal state. The thrower then did the same as he had done before. I said to my two companions,

‘Subhan Allah! Who are these two persons?’

They said, ‘Proceed!’

So we proceeded and came to a man Lying flat on his back and another man standing over his head with an iron hook, and behold, he would put the hook in one side of the man’s mouth and tear off that side of his face to the back (of the neck) and similarly tear his nose from front to back and his eye from front to back. Then he turned to the other side of the man’s face and did just as he had done with the other side. He hardly completed this side when the other side returned to its normal state. Then he returned to it to repeat what he had done before. I said to my two companions,

‘Subhan Allah! Who are these two persons?’

They said to me, ‘Proceed!’

So we proceeded and came across something like a Tannur (a kind of baking oven, a pit usually clay-lined for baking bread).” I think the Prophet said, “In that oven t here was much noise and voices.” The Prophet added, “We looked into it and found naked men and women, and behold, a flame of fire was reaching to them from underneath, and when it reached them, they cried loudly.

I asked them, ‘Who are these?’

They said to me, ‘Proceed!’

And so we proceeded and came across a river.” I think he said, “—red like blood.” The Prophet added, “And behold, in the river there was a man swimming, and on the bank there was a man who had collected many stones. Behold. while the other man was swimming, he went near him. The former opened his mouth and the latter (on the bank) threw a stone into his mouth whereupon he went swimming again. He returned and every time the performance was repeated,

I asked my two companions, ‘Who are these (two) persons?’

They replied, ‘Proceed! Proceed!’

And we proceeded till we came to a man with a repulsive appearance, the most repulsive appearance, you ever saw a man having! Beside him there was a fire and he was kindling it and running around it.

I asked my companions, ‘Who is this (man)?’

They said to me, ‘Proceed! Proceed!’

So we proceeded till we reached a garden of deep green dense vegetation, having all sorts of spring colors. In the midst of the garden there was a very tall man and I could hardly see his head because of his great height, and around him there were children in such a large number as I have never seen.

I said to my companions, ‘Who is this?’

They replied, ‘Proceed! Proceed!’

So we proceeded till we came to a majestic huge garden, greater and better than I have ever seen! My two companions said to me, ‘Go up and I went up’ The Prophet added, “So we ascended till we reached a city built of gold and silver bricks and we went to its gate and asked (the gatekeeper) to open the gate, and it was opened and we entered the city and found in it, men with one side of their bodies as handsome as the handsomest person you have ever seen, and the other side as ugly as the ugliest person you have ever seen.

My two companions ordered those men to throw themselves into the river. Behold, there was a river flowing across (the city), and its water was like milk in whiteness. Those men went and threw themselves in it and then returned to us after the ugliness (of their bodies) had disappeared and they became in the best shape.” The Prophet further added,

“My two companions (angels) said to me, ‘This place is the Eden Paradise, and that is your place.’

I raised up my sight, and behold, there I saw a palace like a white cloud! My two companions said to me, ‘That (palace) is your place.’ I said to them,

‘May Allah bless you both! Let me enter it.’

They replied, ‘As for now, you will not enter it, but you shall enter it (one day)

I said to them, ‘I have seen many wonders tonight. What does all that mean which I have seen?’

They replied, ‘We will inform you:

As for the first man you came upon whose head was being injured with the rock, he is the symbol of the one who studies the Quran and then neither recites it nor acts on its orders, and sleeps, neglecting the enjoined prayers.

As for the man you came upon whose sides of mouth, nostrils and eyes were torn off from front to back, he is the symbol of the man who goes out of his house in the morning and tells so many lies that it spreads all over the world.

And those naked men and women whom you saw in a construction resembling an oven, they are the adulterers and the adulteresses;

And the man whom you saw swimming in the river and given a stone to swallow, is the eater of usury (Riba)

And the bad looking man whom you saw near the fire kindling it and going round it, is Malik, the gatekeeper of Hell

And the tall man whom you saw in the garden, is Abraham and the children around him are those children who die with Al-Fitra (the Islamic Faith).”

The narrator added: Some Muslims asked the Prophet, “O Allah’s Apostle! What about the children of pagans?”

The Prophet replied, “And also the children of pagans.”

The Prophet added,

“My two companions added,

‘The men you saw half handsome and half ugly were those persons who had mixed an act that was good with another that was bad, but Allah forgave them.'”