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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.

Imagine the rewards of Ramadhaan?

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Imagine the rewards of Ramadhaan?

If we want to make the most of Ramadan, then we have to begin by imagining its reward.

A businessman who’s given a choice between two types of equally-selling merchandise, one that brings in a ten dollar return and one that brings in a hundred dollar return, won’t think twice about picking the latter. And if he’s given a choice between merchandise that brings in a hundred dollars and merchandise that brings in a thousand dollars, he won’t even blink before picking the thousand dollar profit. The more profitable the return, the more eager he will be to take it.

Shouldn’t the same apply to us as believers in Ramadan? We know the weight Allah has given this blessed month; we know the multiplied rewards available, and the opportunities for forgiveness. So shouldn’t we value every day, every hour, every minute, every second of this month?

People who seek their reward day by day might slack off for a day or two because they look at the day as their unit. People who seek their reward by the hour might slack off a few hours, but letting go of entire days is difficult because they realize how many hours fit into each day. People who seek their reward by the minute might take off a few minutes, but they realize how much each hour is worth, so it’s hard to let an hour go by without utilizing it. And people who seek their reward by the second will hate to slack off for even a second, because they realize how every instant is precious, how every instant can bring them reward. So spend some time thinking about the vast amount of reward available to you during this month. Do you know the types of ajer that are waiting for you during Ramadan? This chance you’ve been given to have all of your previous sins forgiven? Aren’t you anxious for the reward of a night which Allah has said is better than a thousand months?

●The Prophet (SAS) said:”whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

●Indeed We have revealed it (Qur’an) in the night of Power.And what will explain to you what the night of Power is? The night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein descends the Angels and the Spirit (Jibreel) by Allah’s permission, on every errand: (they say) peace”(continuously) till the rise of Morning!” Q(97:1-5)

●Abu Hurairah narrated that Allah’s Messenger, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said : “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” [Bukhari]

●Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, climbed upon the mimbar (pulpit) and said: “Aameen [O Allah grant it], aameen, aameen”. So it was said, “O Messenger of Allah, you climbed upon the mimbarand said : “aameen, aameen, aameen”? So he said :”Jibraa’eel, `alaihi assalam, came to me and said, ‘Whoever reaches the month of Ramadan and does not have [his sins] forgiven and so enters Fire, then may Allah distance him, say aameen”. So I said “aameen”. [Ibn Khuzaimah, Ahmad and al-Baihaqui : Sahih]

●Prophet (SAS) said :”There is a gate to Paradise that is called ar-Rayyan. On the Day of Resurrection it will say: ‘Where are those who fasted?’ When the last [one] has passed through the gate, it will be locked.” [al-Bukhari and Muslim].

●The Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam said : “When it is the first night of Ramadan the evil devils are chained. The gates of Fire are locked- not a single gate is opnened, and the gates of Paradise are opened- not a single gate is locked, and a caller calls out :’O seeker of good come forward, and O seeker of evil withhold, and there are many whom Allah frees from the Fire – and that is every night. [at-Tirmithi, Ibn Majah, and Ibn Khuzaimah : Hasan]

●There are in the month of Ramadan in every day and night those to whom Allah grants freedom from the Fire, and there is for every Muslim an supplication which he can make and will be granted.” [Hadith Ahmad, Saheeh]

●Every action of the son of Adam is given manifold reward, each good deed receiving ten times its like, up to seven hundred times. Allah the Most High said, ‘Except for fasting, for it is for Me and I will give recompense for it, he leaves off his desires and his food for Me.’ for the fasting person there are two times of joy; a time when he breaks his fast and a time of joy when he meets his Lord, and the smell coming from the mouth of the fasting person is better with Allah than the smell of musk.” [al-Bukhari]

Imagine the reward, and don’t waste this chance, not even a second of it.

Quoted from http://www.missionislam.com

Let’s warm up!!

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Dearest Readers, 
The countdown to Ramadan has begun. The month of Mercy, forgiveness, salvation and Reward. It is the month that every believer earnestly awaits hoping to gain Allah’s pleasure and Salvation from the fire. Ramadan is the month of spiritual rejuvenation. This is why the lives of the Sahaba revolved around Ramadan.

  Ma’ali bin Fudayl said, “They used to ask Allah the almighty six months before Ramadan to grant them long life so that they could reach Ramadan and they used to ask Allah the almighty six months after Ramadan to accept their fasting.” Preparing one’s physical, mental and spiritual self against Ramadan is of paramount importance in reaping the many virtues of Ramadan.

Abu Bakr Warraq (RadiyAllahu anhu) said; ‘Rajab is a month of cultivation, Shaban is a month of irrigating the fields, and Ramadan is the month of reaping and harvesting.’ This is to say to maximally utilize the month of the Quran, to reap the benefits, one must begin to prepare in preceding months.  The two months which precede Ramadan also have immense virtues.

Rajab is one of the four Sacred months in the Year. The prophet (Salallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said; ‘Rajab is the month for seeking forgiveness, so seek forgiveness from Allah.’ It is the first of the noble months and it is in this month the cultivation is done. This is the month of Allah.

Sha’aban is the month that appears between Rajab and Ramadan. Aisha (RadiyAllahu anha) said; ‘the Messenger of Allah used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the messenger of Allah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha’aban.’ {Bukhari & Muslim}

Ramadan is the month that demands self-restraint and instills discipline. It is important that we enter into the month with the right mindset and spiritual readiness. It is the month in which Allah promises forgiveness, mercy and Salvation from the fire. Indeed it is the month of attaining Taqwa. ‘O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you that you may attain Taqwa.’ {Q2:183}

Abul Fath ibn Abil-Fawaris in his Dictations and transmissions and Allama Suyuti in his Jami Saghir mentioned from Hasan Basri that the Prophet (Salallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said; ‘Rajab is the month of Allah. Sha’aban is my month. Ramadan is the month of my Ummah.’ To emphasize the importance of this noble month and the two that precede, the Prophet used to say when Rajab came in; ‘Allahumma baarik Lana fi Rajab wa Sha’aban, wa ballighna Ramadan_ O Allah! Bless us in Rajab and Sha’aban and Let us reach Ramadan.’

Let the Warm up!!!

Yours Truly,

UmmYunus

☆Qur’anic Gems☆ Day 7. Ramadhan 1435

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Surah Al-Anaam, Verse 54:
وَإِذَا جَاءَكَ الَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِآيَاتِنَا فَقُلْ سَلَامٌ عَلَيْكُمْ كَتَبَ رَبُّكُمْ عَلَىٰ نَفْسِهِ الرَّحْمَةَ أَنَّهُ مَنْ عَمِلَ مِنكُمْ سُوءًا بِجَهَالَةٍ ثُمَّ تَابَ مِن بَعْدِهِ وَأَصْلَحَ فَأَنَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

When those who believe in Our Ayat (verses, signs, etc.) come to you, say: “Salamun ‘Alaikum”; your Lord has written Mercy for Himself, so that, if any of you does evil in ignorance, and thereafter repents and does righteous good deeds (by obeying Allah), then surely, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

“your Lord has written Mercy for Himself”, meaning He has obliged His Most Honored self to grant mercy, as a favor, out of His compassion & beneficence [tafseer Ibn kathir]

Surely, when we think of Allah’s mercy, we can’t help but fight back tears. He is the Creator of all of us, He has the freedom of doing what He wants with us, & yet He (swt) chose to show us mercy beyond human comprehension. He is Ar-rauf, (Most kind) A-wahhab (The bestower), Al-lateef (The Most subtle) to list but a few.

He is the one who will always accept the repentance of the sinner up until the time his soul reaches his throat, the one who for every good deed double it by 10 but doesn’t do likewise with a sin (6:160), the one who is more merciful with His slave than the mother of the slave, the one who gave us the Qur’an, the ultimate source of guidance.

In order to understand this amazing concept the prophet (saw) informs us that “Allah has divided mercy into 100 parts, & He retained with Him 99 parts and sent down to earth one part.” [Al-bukhari]. Subhanallah! Have we ever heard of such mercy?

“Say: “In the Bounty of Allah, & in His Mercy (i.e. Islam & the Quran); -therein let them rejoice.” That is better than what (the wealth) they amass” [10:58].

May He gift us with more from His ‘Gems’ & make of us of those who live with the whole Qur’an, in heart and in mind, ameen.