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This Ramadhaan…… I will guard my tongue

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“Man does not utter a single word except that there is an observer nearby, ready (to record).” [50:18]

Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet said: “Fasting is not [abstaining] from eating and drinking only, but also from vain speech and foul language. If one of you is being cursed or annoyed, he should say: “I am fasting, I am fasting.” [Ibn Khuzaimah, Ibn Hibban, and al-Hakim; Sahih].

Abu Hurairah also reported that the Prophet (S) said: “Allah does not need the fast of one who does not abandon false speech or acting according to his false speech [Bukhari and others]]

He also reported the Prophet (S) as saying: “Whoever does not abandon falsehood in word and action, then Allah Mighty and Majestic has no need [i.e. will not accept] that he should leave his food and drink”.[Bukhari]

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet said: “Perhaps a fasting person will get nothing from his fast save hunger, and perhaps the one who stands to pray at night will get nothing from his standing except sleeplessness.” [an-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah and al-Hakim / Sahih al-Jami`]. In another Narration “It may be that a fasting person attains nothing but hunger and thirst from his fasting”. [Ibn Majah, Darimi, Ahmad and al-Baihaqee; Sahih]

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So this Ramadan, I will guard my tongue:

Before I speak, I’ll ask myself: Does my speaking right now add anything to the silence? If not, then I’ll learn to enjoy that silence. There is something beautiful about the clam and quiet, something beautiful about sitting back to reflect without always filling the space with words.

Before I speak, I’ll ask myself if my words are going to hurt anyone. We joke, sometimes, without paying attention to hurting people; and we joke, sometimes, actually trying to get under people’s skins, actually intending to mock or ridicule. Laughter with friends and family is important, but it doesn’t have to be at anyone’s expense.

Before I speak, I’ll ask myself if I’m about to say something haram. Am I being truthful, or exaggerating to induce a reaction? Am I lying because I think it will save me from getting into trouble? Would my choice of words displease Allah? Will they offend anyone? Am I mentioning people in ways they wouldn’t like to be mentioned?

For years, I’ve been trying to make sure I don’t backbite or gossip, and I try harder every Ramadan. I’ve gotten better over time, alhamdulillah… I feel like each time I try, I get a little bit better. But I’m not there yet. I know I can be kinder with my words, and more careful with my story-telling. So this Ramadan, I’ll try even harder.

Before I speak, I want to ask myself: Which angel will be writing down these words? The angel on the right, or the angel on the left? Human speech – when not in excess, when guarded with iman and taqwah – can be a beautiful thing; it’s a gift from Allah. I want to utilize it as such. I want my words to mean something to the people who hear them. I want my words to add value to the silence. I want Allah to be pleased with me when I speak.

So this Ramadan, I will do everything I can to guard my tongue.

Taken from http://www.igotitcovered.org

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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

This ramadhaan….i will pour my heart out in dua

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Sheikh Muhammad Hassan tells the following story: A man from the people of Yemen was sitting in Allah’s House in Mekkah. I was on my way to the Ka’bah itself, and after taking a few steps forward, a man to my right caught my eye. He was lifting his arms upwards, visibly, so that you would have clearly seen his underarms if his clothes were not there to cover him.

He was raising his hands, and praising Allah, and supplicating to His Lord, subhanahu wa ta’ala, in a manner full of humility and destitution, all the while crying.

So I looked at him and trembled, and my heart nearly broke. I went back quietly, so as not to interrupt his asking, or disturb his du’aa. I stood nearby, to his right and one step behind him. I prayed two rak’ahs there, and then sat to watch him as I wept for his situation with His Lord, subhanhu wa ta’ala.

The man kept his hands raised for a very long time. After that, I saw a kind man, from among the locals of the country, stopping exactly the way I had. He took a few steps forward, and then this man’s humility caught his attention, so he came back. He looked at him, and said the salam, but the man was busy and didn’t return the greeting. He simply sat there, confiding in His Lord, subhanahu wa ta’ala.

Then this kind local stuck his hand into his pocket, and took out a large sum of money, though I don’t know the amount. He dropped the money into this man’s lap, and then left, but the man didn’t look down at the money that was now in his possession, and he continued to make du’aa to Allah tabaraka wa ta’ala.

After a while… and I couldn’t tell if he’d even noticed the money or not… after a while, he brought his hands down, and hung his head low, and finally noticed the money in his lap. So he smiled, and then cried, and raised his hands again, and continued to implore and humble himself before Allah. 

When he finished his du’aa, I went to him and said salam to him, and kissed his forehead. And I said to him, “Forgive me. I ask you by Allah, please tell me… what is it? What where you saying? And what were you rewarded with? Please forgive me… I just want to learn. Please teach me.” He smiled and said, “What’s it to you?” And I said again, “I’m sorry… please tell me. I ask you by Allah to tell me,” and I cried.

His heart softened towards me, and he said, “Wallahi, my son… wallahi, I came here, and there is no one who knows the anxiety I was in except for Him… and no one who knows the worries filling my heart except for Him. Wallahi, I didn’t ask any of His creation, at all. Wallahi, I didn’t ask any but Him, ‘azza wa jall. I came to His House, and I said to Him, “I’m here at your House, asking You. And I haven’t asked a single of your creation… will you abandon me? Will you leave me helpless?” “Wallahi, my son,” he continued telling me, “Wallahi, my son, He gave me three times what I asked for!” Not twice, but three times what he asked for! And Allah knows what that amount was.

My dear brothers and sisters… whoever relies on Allah, then Allah is enough for him. And whoever holds firmly to Allah, then Allah will save him. And whoever submits fully to Allah, then Allah will guide him.

As Allah ta’ala says in a hadith qudsi, “…O My slaves, all of you are hungry except those whom I feed, so ask me for food and I will feed you. O My slaves, all of you are naked except those whom I clothe, so ask Me for clothing and I will clothe you…” [Muslim] So ask Him to clothe and to feed you through du’aa and humility, and by taking whatever means you can.

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When you call on Allah, how do you call on Him? When you ask Him, how do you ask? Do you make du’aa with humbleness and humility? Do you converse with your Lord and Creator? Do you beg and plead your case to Him, as one in desperate need? Do you tell Him that you have no one but Him? That you’ve turned to no one but Him? That you rely on none but Him?

The Messenger salla Allahu alayhi wasallam teaches us: “Allah is Most Generous, and He dislikes to turn away the hands of His slave emptily when he raises them to Him” [Sahih al-Tirmidhi].

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Ramadan is the month of fasting. It is the month of the Qur’an, and the month of giving, and the month of du’aa. For an unforgettable experience this Ramadan, transform your relationship with du’aa: – When you ask Allah, don’t just ask Him… pour your heart out while asking Him. Plead and beg and implore your Lord.

Du’aa is not a formality, but a moment in which you pour out your emotions, your feelings, your conflicts and your weaknesses to Him, subhanahu wa ta’ala. He already knows your situation, and everything inside you, but Allah loves that we turn to Him in humility and that we make our case before Him. It is for this reason that the Messenger salla Allahu alayhi wasallam taught us, “Du’aa is worship” [Sahih at-Tirmidhi], because humility and asking are the essence of our servitude to Allah.

– Ask Allah in the way and manner He likes to be asked. Learn more about the times and etiquettes of du’aa:

1. Delve into the topic with Sheikh Yasir Qadhi’s book and/or lecture series on the topic, Du’aa: Weapon of the Believer. You can read the book online, purchase it (highly recommend adding it to your library), and find the audio series here.

2. Study the beginning of Surat Maryam. Allah teaches us about the beauty of du’aa through the plea of His slave and Prophet Zakariyya, alayhi assalam.

– Sit down with pen and paper and create your du’aa list. If you’ve ever done this before, then you know how important it is. If it’s your first time, then don’t delay it. Sit down with pen and paper to write down the things that really matter to you, the things you want to ask Allah for. Ask Allah freely in Ramadan, for anything and everything… but also make a list of 5-6 things that you will ask for consistently, every time you get a chance to in Ramadan. Then repeat your du’aa for these things in sujood, at iftaar time, throughout your day, and in your night prayer.

Ask Allah for the good of this world, and for the Hereafter. Ask that He forgives you, and saves you from the Hell-fire, and enters you into the highest levels of jannah. Ask Allah for yourself, and for your brothers and sisters. The Messenger salla Allahu alayhi wasallam teaches us, “There is no Muslim who prays for his brother in his absence, except that the angel says: And you will have something similar” [Muslim].

Allah loves that we make du’aa to Him… so earn His love by turning to Him and asking this Ramadan.

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“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me and believe in Me that they may be guided.” [2:186]

Taken from http://www.igotitcovered.org

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