Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Dhikr

You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me. Most Gracious.

Allahumma innaka afuwwun tuhibbul afwa fa fu anna, ya kareem

Aisha, the last wife of Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him), asked him “O Messenger of God! If I knew which night is Laylatul Qadr, what should I say during it?” And he instructed her to say this supplication.

Monday, 30 August 2010

Night of Destiny

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, it gives me great pleasure to inform you of a momentous occasion - the Night of Power. This year the Night shall commence straight after the Magrib Prayer; alternatively, the moment we break our fast this evening. All Mighty God has rightfully guided His servants with His messengers to this night of glorification, praise and forgiveness. On this night, the single most important event in human history unfolded as the Glorious Quran was revealed. Many Hadith indicates that the fate of every believer for the coming year is decreed on this night.
The Holy book of Islam clearly states:

“Surely We revealed it (the Holy Quran) on the Grand Night. And what will make you comprehend what the Grand Night is? The Grand Night is better than a thousand months. The angels descend in it by the permission of their Lord for every affair, Peace! It is till the break of the morning.” Surah Al Qadr - The Chapter of Fate

There are various indicators that I have gathered in order to better familiarise myself with the signs of this Night of Decree. The actual night it is not known to anyone.  However, the majority of scholars in Islam have said that Lailatul Qadr is within the last ten days of Ramadan. There are some Hadith sayings of the Prophet of Islam (may the peace and blessings of All Mighty God be upon him) certified some of the signs of Lailatul Qadr.

“Seek the Night of Power during the last ten days of the month of Ramadan”

“Look for the Night of Power on an odd-numbered night during the last ten days of the month Ramadan”

“The Night of Power is the night either of the 27th or of the 29th day. In this night the number of Angels, who will descend to earth will be greater than pebbles on the whole planet”.

The night will be calm, dry and will reflect an extraordinary shine. The weather won’t be cold nor warm. There is not a single night in the year which will be comparable with the Night of Power. I hope we are able to look and find such signs for ourselves through research and investigation rather than relying on others.
It has become somewhat of a Muslim festive tradition to gather for worship in congregation on the 27th day of Ramadan in the belief that Lailatul Qadr is most likely to fall on this night; although this is not for certain. Moreover, a devout Muslim will practice his/her rituals throughout the last ten days, especially on the odd numbered nights. On this night one should do more good deeds such as, read the Quran, pray for forgiveness and ask for blessings by appealing to God the Most High in any language (in which it is most convenient for the devotee to express their sincerity in hopes and wishes).

Inshallah my brothers and sisters will revive these nights with prayers, suplications and deep reflections. This will be a unique once in a year opportunity to replenish ones conscious and gain a life time’s worth of reward.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Wisdom quotes

“Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the colour of a man's skin is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained... now everywhere is war.” - Haile Selassie I

Frenemies

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
We are now beyond the halfway point of Ramadan 2010. I would like to use this opportunity to give you an update on how I am since this was the initial purpose of setting this blog up. I want to fill you in on how I have been developing throughout the blessed month by discussing various aspects of my life. 
Firstly, I want to tell you that my confidence has grown in many ways, especially in regards to my attitude. I have learned that in my continuous attempt in bringing myself closer to my faith, I have generally become much more optimistic. In addition, my new outlook has not only benefited me but also those around me. I'm a believer that positivity attracts positivity and I have witnessed this through personal experiences. Moreover, such belief is indeed the fundamental tenement of  the major monotheistic faiths such as Judaism, Christianity & Islam in order to maintain a positive harmony.

"What is hateful to you do not to your neighbour. That is the entire law…" Talmud, Shabbat 314

"Do for others what you want them to do for you." Matthew 7:12

"Reject for others what you would reject for yourself." Mishkat-el-Masabih

I have seen a drastic improvement in my health, mainly because I have withdrawn from bad habits for the sake of God. I have noticed a change in my appearance; I am looking more rejuvenated by the day, not to mention feeling better from a health perspective. I believe it is due to the discipline I have accustomed myself to which inevitably come with the month of Ramadan. I stick to a routine now as every evening I have been attending the mosque, which infact has been providing me with a good source of exercise. I am more conscious of what sorts of food I put into my body and am drinking plenty of water - well as much as I can. Writing this blog has kept me from indulging into my leisure time listening to music or watching movies; not that there is anything wrong with amusement. However, I feel that we are living in an age where entertainment itself can have a corruptive impact if not restricted. Over all, I am proud of the discipline I am practicing and therefore can see with much more clarity that I have become more focused in my life.

It has taken me a while to realise that I love the company of my family more than anything. Time spent with my brothers is something I am proud to look back on and will not feel regretful about. My brothers are wise and inspirational individuals and their influence on my life is endlessly constructive. I am fortunate to have two wonderful brothers, an elder and a younger one. My siblings have enabled me to experience what it is to have such relationships. In addition, I have also earned more opportunities to talk with my parents and it has been more fulfilling for me in comparison to any time I have spent with friends. I have come to the realisation that everyone loves to have fun, not just myself. However, due to family commitments we must become responsible and reject such individualistic attitude; which I feel is the problem with mainstream society today (but that is another topic which i'd like to discuss later).

Regarding work and career, I must say that I have been freelancing on projects that I would have only dreamed of being a part of. I usually take this Holy month off from any work commitments so I can better utilize my time towards devotional purpose. However, by the grace of God, leaving my risk with Him has never failed to disappoint me. As I have much more clarity in my life now, I feel I can travel a better suited path now and hereafter. I have been working with a few charity organizations which I will refrain from talking about now, but I hope it can continue to give me the satisfaction I crave to be part of a positive change. I strongly believe that one should find something they love to do as that passion will be rewarding and not just contentment in regards to financial stability.

My dear friends and those I have left from my lackluster unfaithful past, thank you for being there for me. I receive messages randomly from some of you, who tell me how inspired you are with the changes I have implemented in my life. I want to take this opportunity to let you know that it is your kind words and blessings which has actually inspired me. My past has allowed me to realise that it is bad company which corrupts good moral behaviour. I hope this post will act as stern warning to people in my live.  I have grown to understand you will become like the company you keep so I have placed an importance of keeping people who are bad company at a distance in my live. I must warn you all that the friends you keep will only gain the opportunity to know you better, to know your weaknesses; the closer you draw them in, the more damage they are capable of doing. Brothers and sisters, please evaluate your friends as it is the stepping stone to good or corrupted morality in your life.

"Friends on that Day will be enemies one to another, except those who have Piety." Surah Az-Zukhruf - Ornaments Of Gold, Luxury verse 67

Those so-called friends in my life who seek to disturb my progression I am aware of your presence! I will leave you with some truthful wise quotes from Prophet Muhhamed (may the peace and blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him).

"The best of friends is he who is best in behaviour and character."

"We should never for a moment think that company does not affect us."

"I like to sit with those people who spend their time in Dhikr especially those who pray fajr."

"Keeping the company of the people of Allah is not enough but one must also leave the company of those who are away from Allah."

Friday, 27 August 2010

Taraweeh

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
Once again this year I have been blessed enough to take part in Taraweeh prayers. The prayers are basically the recitation of the entire Quran which is broken down throughout the 30 days into twenty units (Rakats) of prayer per night. The Taraweeh prayer is approximately 2 hours per evening and takes place in all mosques throughout the globe, with the Sharif of Mecca consisting the largest congregation of worshipers. As over a million people gather to be closer to the Kaaba (the most sacred site in Islam), the beauty of the sight becomes incomparable.

Scholars of Islam have conferred that Taraweeh prayers are an act of honour to the sayings and living habits of Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him), which is better referred to as a Sunnah. Thus, one should make an effort to attend the Taraweeh prayers that are held in the mosques. As for those of us who are unable to read the Quran in Arabic, attending Taraweeh is imperative in completing the noble book. I feel that there is an importance to remain in the same mosque throughout a Taraweeh recitation as a hafiz will differ in recitation speeds which in tern will affect the listener’s ability to appreciate Qur’an in its entirety. As I said, Taraweeh prayers are not compulsory for Muslims, however, it is advised that it is not neglected without good reason; there is spiritual rewards and physical benefits that a Muslim can attain which far outweighs the obvious burden of such a long prayer session.

I have always found it difficult to maintain my concentration during the conventional prayers, let alone an evening of Taraweeh. I obtained some advice which has changed my outlook ever since. Mustaqim Hz, a dear brother who has successfully memorized the Quran (hafiz) and has led the prayers last Ramadan at my local mosque, told me ‘Pray as if it were your last prayer’. I must admit that after obtaining such guidance my sincerity and focus during prayer has changed. Thus I do not find my mind & eyes wondering around as it did before. However, the duration of the Taraweeh prayers per night indeed has potential to take its toll on anyone!

Here are various narrations of the noble prophet of God, Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him) regarding Taraweeh


"The best prayer after the obligatory ones is the night prayer."
Muslim

"Whoever prayed at night in it (the month of Ramadan) out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven."
Sahih Bukhari

"O people! disseminate the salutations of peace As-Salaam 'Alaikum; feed the needy food, and join the blood ties among the next of kin; and observe night prayer while people are at sleep, you will enter paradise peacefully."
Tirmidhi

The final night prayer is called Witr. It's an odd numbered prayer usually performed after all prayers have concluded. The minimum Witr is one rakat and the maximum is eleven rakats. It should be the last prayer performed before retiring normally. Moreover, it is a beautiful virtue to pray Witr during Ramadan as it's also a sunnah.

“Whoever prays Witr with the imam until he finishes, it will be recorded as if he spent the whole night in prayer.”
Tirmidhi

"Whoever wants to pray Witr with one rakaat should do it and whoever wants to pray Witr with three rakaats should do it."
Abu Dawud/Nasa'e

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Ramadan Hadith

Muhammad, the last and final Prophet of God (may the peace and blessings of All Mighty God be upon him) has said in the following hadith:


"Whoever does not give up lying and evil actions, then God is not in need of his leaving his food and drink"
Sahih Bukhari

"Many people who fast get nothing from their fast except hunger and thirst, and many people who pray at night get nothing from it except wakefulness."
Darimi

"Jibra'eel came to me and said, Whoever reaches the month of Ramadan and does not have his sins forgiven and so enters the Fire, then may God distance him, say Ameen, so I said Ameen"
Haakim

"Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven."
Sahih Bukhari

"is not the name of forsaking food and drink, in reality, it is the forsaking of idle and shameless talks. Thus if someone swears you of acts in an ignorant manner with you, then say, ‘I am fasting, I am fasting.’"
Ibn Hibaan


Gift of Life

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
Life is a gift from God the All Mighty Creator. We must cherish and conserve the gift of life to the utmost through the knowledge and understanding we acquire. We must fear the danger of wasting this blessing through ignorance and neglect. The notion that we may knowingly harm our body and mind in the hope that God All Mighty is the All Forgiving and All Merciful however is a deception of the cursed one (Shaitan). My dear brothers and sisters, God Himself has warned us of such an attitude in the Quran

"Verily, the promise of Allah is true: let not then this present life deceive you, nor let the Chief deceiver deceive you about Allah." Surah Luqman - The Wise verse 33

Only by the will of God can we grow stronger in faith by solidifying our strength in conviction, (Iman) which is the currency of the hereafter. It is always important to remember that arrogance about knowledge keeps one deprived. Thus, let us improve ourselves being aware of some of the gifts we are in danger of wasting. Ultimately we can enhance our accounts on the Day of Judgement.

Please reflecin regard to the Day of Judgement. Meditate on the account of your own deeds on the following gifts you have been bestowed. Are you satisfied to how you have utilized....? 

Your Actions
Your Knowledge
Your Wealth
Your Bodies
Your Love
Your Time
Your Intellect

Realizing a need to improve indicates you are improving already!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Dhikr

لا حَوْلَ وَ لا قُوَّةَ اِلَّا بِاللّهِ 

La Hawla wa la Quwatta illa Billah 

There is no Might or Power except with Allah.


On the night of Mi'raj, Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him) passed by Ibrahim (may the peace and blessings of All Mighty God be upon him)  . Ibrahim asked, "O' Jibreel, who is with you?" Jibreel (may the blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him)  said, "Muhammad. (may the peace and blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him) " Ibrahim said to him, "Command your Ummah to plant saplings of Paradise plentifully, as the soil of Paradise is fertile and it's plain is spacious." It was asked, "What are the saplings of Paradise?" He replied with this supplication.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Why do you not eat?

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
If you want to gain more of an insight into why a Muslim fast for a whole month, then this is the perfect place to start in gaining a better understanding. I myself will be looking to make sense of all the reasons and virtues of this Holy month. Every year without fail I am asked the same question by non-Muslims, ‘Why do you not eat? Why do you refrain from pleasures that you normally wouldn’t and for a whole entire month? Why do you do this to yourself? I understand you do it for the sake of your God, His pleasure, as it has been commanded to you but is there any goodness there for you, the one who is the believer, and the one who is going hungry?’.

I think these are more than valid questions and ones that should be answered for the sake of understanding so both sides can become more familiar with the directive of keeping Fast. I am guilty of not being able to articulate a reasonable answer with firmness and evidence to support my points, so this post should be as useful to a fellow Muslim as it is to a non-Muslim. A Muslim cannot be blind in his or her faith; we must exercise reason and logic to everything as seekers of truth in conjunction with our faith in God, His final Messenger (may the peace and blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him). Simply put you should know why you fast! As you have read in my previous posts, it is clear that the two main advantage of fasting are highlighted, Forgiveness & Self-Restraint purely obtained through a determined and steadfast sense of both patience and perseverance. The merits of Fast are described in different parts in the Quran such as; “so that you may attain God-consciousness”. Yesterday’s post ‘Patience the Virtue' expresses the need to return to our Lord in a state of Sabr and fasting is another way to return to our natural disposition (Fitrah). Prophet Mohammed (may the peace and blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him) simply stated in a hadith that “Fasting is a shield”. The noble prophet of Islam also characterizes that “Whosoever spends the month in self-rectification, his previous sins shall be forgiven.”

”O ye who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for people before you so that you will learn to attain piety (Taqwa)” Surah Al-Baqara - The Cow verses 183

Fasting is a means of attaining Taqwa (piety & consciousness of Al'Mighty God), and Taqwa also denotes doing that which best pleases God with all the good that He has enjoined and rejecting that which He has forbidden. Those lacking in obedience in faith for whatever reason it maybe, it is understood that fasting is the best means of assisting a person to fulfil the commandments of Islam and thus, becoming a better Muslim in general. Learned educates of Islam have written of some of the reasons why fasting has been prescribed, all of which are to enhance the characteristics of Taqwa, drawing the attention of fasting people towards it and instils in them the desire to continue to attain such beneficial rewards

Some of the benefits are as follows:

To abstain during Ramadan is a powerful means of dropping bad habits and if a person can give up haram (prohibited) things in order to please God in fear of repercussions i.e. the day of Judgement where we are taught that we will be held accountable for all our deeds. It is more likely that one will refrain from such things after the holy month has finished.

Fasting gives us to opportunity to better control our desires. When a person is full his desire for more increases however if he is hungry then his desires weaken. Hence in accordance with the words of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him) was stated to of said in a hadith “O young men, whoever among you can afford it, let him get married, and whoever cannot afford it should fast, for it will be a shield for him.”

If one endures the hardships of Fasting it will no doubt make the person feel empathy towards the hungry and poor. The fasting person is able to tastes the pains of hunger for a short while. This must give the fasting person a more compassionate outlook so he/she is able to have retrospective understanding for those who are in this situation in our societies today, it will hasten the fasting person toward acts of kindness towards the needy and solidarity with the poor

Appreciation. As fasting means giving up things we rely on such as eat, drink and sexual intercourse in the case of married adults, which are the simple luxuries any human being would find difficult to go without. Giving them up for a short time surely makes us appreciate their value. In the same respect the blessings of God is not recognized, and as for those who abstain you tend to become more grateful.

As stated in the Holy Quran fasting humiliates satan; as it weakens his whispers on a person thus reducing the desires’ to sin. The prophet of Islam (may the peace and blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him) said that the devil (shaitan) “flows through the sons' of Adam as blood” but we now understand that the act of fasting limits the effects through which shaitan can influence man. It is common scientific knowledge that blood is produced from the food and drink we consume; this creates passages by which the devil can enter our system. A fasting person is less likely to allow such an entry to the cursed one as the body is subject to cleansing which limits passages through which he can flow. The unpolluted body essentially the heart is less likely to be fascinated by evil deeds.

Muslims are encouraged to be more generous throughout the month Ramadan and are all required at the end to give Sadaqa (charity), a small donation to enable those who need it most to share in the spirit of warmth and affection.

Fasting develops a positive attitude towards the world and more awareness of ones desires, ultimately fulfilling the requirement of mankind to seek that which is with God and Him alone.

Through the spiritual rituals of prayer a Muslim familiarises themselves with acts of worship. There are different forms of worship that which is obligatory and the optional. God has given mankind a guideline and sent His last and final messenger (may the peace and blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him) as the best of examples for mankind to follow.

Inevitably someone who fast is training themself in the reminder that God is always watching, so this makes it easy for him to be more selfless in his actions and more obedient to the command of God. The month of Ramadan is an opportunity to develop qualities of endurance and self-restraint, to control anger and a fiery or malicious tongue.

I have listed only a few benefits of fasting during Ramadan as I myself am able to see them. I am well aware there are countless health benefits however I am not in a position to be able to speak on these matters with overstanding as I have done with some of the spiritual aspects. Those of us who end the month weighing more than at the beginning have evidently missed the point. Let us be mindful of the message this sends out to others, Ensure your blessings are not lost through gluttony or idleness. Please forgive me if I have missed anything obvious out as this post has become long winded. I pray Allah (God) is able to help us reap some of these great benefits listed above which will ultimately make us more compassionate toward one another, I am confident this will gain His pleasure Inshallah (by the will of God). Although I am well aware I have made it seem to be a month filled with hardship and difficulty, it is in fact my favourite time of year and I am confident all Muslims will say the same. I truly believe that God grants us an atmosphere in order to assist us in our duty by showing us with His mercy in our home, in the mosque and in Muslim communities as a whole. We Muslims have looked forward to this month of honor that is bestowed on us and we will feel the painful sadness when it leaves. I make a prayer that we can all live another year to see Ramadan 2011 and that Allah grants the reader of this post every salvation in this world and in the Hereafter by promoting the goodness of this noble month. Alhamdulillah (All praise be to God) & Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

Monday, 23 August 2010

Patience the Virtue

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him) has stated that “Every son of Adam sins and the best of these sinners are those who repent.” My brothers and sisters, this opportunity during Ramadan is the perfect time to seek forgiveness and repent, If one is disobedient, then Inshallah (by the will of Al'Mighty God) one can gain obedience through sincerity in their prayers and thus, utilizing this month of perfect alignment fully.

“O soul at peace, return to your Lord, well pleased and well-pleasing. Enter with My servants, enter into My Garden.” Surah al Fajr - The Dawn verses 27-30

The Prophet of Islam (may the peace and blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him) is quoted in a hadith (books of narrations concerning the words and deeds of the prophet of Islam) saying: “Every human being is born pure and holy.” When people strive towards good, it emphasizes their spirituality harmonizing. However, an intellect and freewill allows man to aspire towards an evil nature. As mankind has been endowed with the finer moral qualities by his Lord and creator “We have indeed created man in the best of moulds, then do We abase him (to be) the lowest of the low, except such as believe and do righteous deeds: For they shall have a reward unfailing,” Surah At-Tin - The Fig verse 4-6

This surely expresses the on-going battle between good and evil, that man must endure as the battle against our evil tendencies requires us to stay strong and steadfast. Hence, attaining good deeds can seem more of a hardship than giving in to temptations of evil. In regards to our ability to fight toward what is good, there is a verse that states “Man has been created weak” Surah Al-Nisa - The Women verse 28.

I have concluded that there is a need for patience (sabr) and perseverance in our devotion towards the sirat al-mustaqeem (the straight path). As it is mans' inclination to be sinful, we must seek to gain strength in our spirituality with our creator. As He is from which all strength emerges, “Blessed is He in Whose hands is dominion, and He has power over everything” Surah Al-Mulk - The Dominion verse 1.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

al-Baqarah 2:183

"O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may learn self-restraint."
- The Noble Quran
Translation of the Meaning by Syed Vickar Ahamed

Friday, 20 August 2010

Stages of Ramadan

Mercy
·          Forgiveness
·          Salvation

the re-edit Dua

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
I just received a text message from a fellow brother in Islam and what I read sicked me to the core of my soul. I was reluctant to say anything when I came across this article before as I did not want to cause any distress considering sensitivity and offend any blind patriotism of Americans we see today however my brother has reminded me that we have a responsibility to make a stand so rather then break my fast today I will be making progressive steps from the UK in making my voice heard! I feel a terrible shame for those who call themselves Muslim of America. Muslims fasting in the month of Ramadan, able bodied and so called educated, appears without a care in the world besides what they will be on their plates during Iftar (break fast meal). I guess some Americans have truly earned the stereo-type of being fat consumers and by this I do not exclude Muslims anymore. Alhumdulilah I pray Allah gives strength and honor to those Muslim and non Muslims who stand united challenging these evil acts in the name of truth and rights and dignity to all mankind.
Text Message reads:
They plan to host an 'International QURAN burn day in America on the 9th anniversary of 9/11, from 6 to 9pm at the church. We Muslims need to be united and protest this travesty against our faith until they decide to cancel this event. Every Muslim is requested to spread this message amongst Muslims and people of dignity all over the world. So don't delay and take action immediately!

Oh Allah I beg You to forgive my harshness! HELP & GUIDE me. Allah I have shown you I do not know how to deal with trials you have given me without losing myself. I lost control of my emotions and hurt not just myself but Your creation. Allah, I am feeling this hurt this frustration, I have brought it on myself. I am the one to blame I lose my composure, dignity and self-respect when I react so foolishly. Oh Allah, I keep humiliating myself again and again by my vain words and actions when I am confronted by perfect challenges you put on me to test me. Allah, I am a weak man who lacks self-restraint. I show the lack of tolerance and fail myself and You when faced with these hardships I now see as my blessings. Oh Allah, why do I lose patience and ability to endure torments when they come to me. Allah Allah, I am a complete wreck! truly a troubled and disturbed soul as I have proved so often, My weak heart lacks Iman, It is I who damages this Iman which you have given to me to strengthen and maintain. Forgive me for having such miserable weakness in my character. Allah my God, I feel helpless. I seek your refuge. I am a failure! I am remorseful for my words and actions that I didn't show gratefulness towards You. Now l am more then ashamed of myself, Forgive me. I cry to You for not having patience to endure, for the vision I lack and the forgetfulness I show. Consciousness I claim to have I truly do not have, humility is something no one will see in me because I am arrogant, Please have mercy on me. Please let this not be the example I show to others anymore, Grant me ability and a heart that is content glorifying You always, grant me a face that is shining with the light of Your Iman. I am aware of Your presence but I still fail myself with my own personal desire and ego please bestow me with a mind that is tranquil, a soul that is forgiving and actions that are pleasing to You. Allah, accept me despite all my sins I do not have any good reasons for You. Ya Allah save me from distress and punishment. Make me love for Your sake and nothing else. I beg that my heart is able reach You in pride of your grace. Please Allah take me out of this limited world of diseases and unkindness as I do not fear anything but You and wish to return to You. I want only to be loved by You. I am sorry for desiring more for my own selfishness. I wish for what the eyes have never seen please Allah grant me this I beg you do not make me one of those who earn Your displeasure. Nothing is impossible with You I know this! I believe this! Your mercy alone can grant me the chance to prove this to You. Accept the duas of all my brothers and sisters give them Your infinite mercy. I bear witness your servants have guided me to You, Bless them all forgive me for being deaf and ignorant toward Your creation. I see your beauty in every single one of them. You are the best of judges and will give me what I have earned but I beg you to forgive my brothers & sisters especially those who I have failed to guide to Your light, you love to forgive Allah I know your weakness and I wont let go until You do. Ya Allah I am sincere in this dua to You. I want goodness for all my brothers & sisters of humanity as much as I want it for myself Ya Allah Ya Allah bestow Your mercy on us all. Please give me the wisdom Your hikmah to continue to live for Your name in Your honor La illaha Illala. There is no god but You. My Lord My Lord My Lord My Lord I praise You until the sun rises thank you for this Month of true blessing,understanding and forgiveness for my heart is full of diseases that needs this miracle of a cure You have given us. Please do not make me of the losers in this month. Thank you for granting me everything I wanted in this life. You have given me too much that I have become ungrateful, Take this illness away from me. I praise You for making me of those who You call the khaira ummah. The best of people and by Your grace we truly can be, Muslim. Ameen

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Enjoin Good

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

Dear Muslim brothers & sisters please read this.

There is no better time to rethink your outlook on life. If the religion of humanity, Islam, is to prevail in the world as we surely believe it is a solution for mankind and not just ourselves. Let us not be out-witted by those who oppose Islam and seek to colonize. This is a time to be innovative, professional, proactive role models, a time to be intuitive. The way to encourage brothers & sisters to the straight path is by being the pillars of the community by implementing Islamic means into our own lives. How? By not inventing new things in our Islamic principles because such deviation can take us out of the fold of Islam all together. We need to avoid what is haram (prohibited) and build on what is halal (lawful) instead. The teachings of Quran & hadith are rational & logical so we must return to it instead of being divided in seeking alternative solutions.
Islam is an all-encompassing way of life have faith oh Muslim

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Wisdom quotes

"People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered; forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives: Be kind anyway. What you spend years creating others could destroy overnight: Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it may never be enough: Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God: it was never between you and them anyway." - Mother Teresa

Dhikr

When one recites it and says, "Alhamdulillahi Rabbil-'Alameen," the Almighty says, "My servant has praised Me." And when he says, ''Arrahmanir Raheem," the Almighty says, "My servant has praised Me." And when he says, "Maaliki YawmidDeen," Allah says, "My servant has exalted Me." And when he says, "Iyyaaka Na'budu wa iyyaaka nasta'een," Allah will say, 'This is a covenant between Me and My servant, and My servant shall be granted the fulfillment of his pleas." Then if he finishes reciting the Fatiha to the end, Allah will again confirm His promise by saying, 'This is for [the benefit of] My servant, and My servant will be granted the answer to his wishes.

Taken from: Surah (verse) Al-Fatiha (The Opening), The first chapter of the holy Quran

Monday, 16 August 2010

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Self Less Do More

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh (May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you)

The first weekend of Ramadan is here and I already feel helpless and I still have this thumping headache!

Today I have been invited to a few break-fast engagements with family as is custom, with friends in Maroush a restaurant on Edgware Rd as well as in a congregation in my local masjid, who set up huge dinners every weekend for everyone especially, for those who are forced to spend Ramadan alone.

I knew what I wanted to do but it was nice that I had so many options, I have been breaking my fast at home for the past three days and I can see how much it means to Amma (mother), even though I really cannot bare to sample every single food that is on the table and be told of its nutritious values on my ‘lacklustre’ life , but I really do appreciate Amma going to all the effort in making it so special

Since waking up I have been bombarded with personal and chain emails mainly to do with renewed efforts people are making this Ramadan as well as urgent appeals for the situation in Pakistan. I received a call from one of my friends who was working with a charity who were actively fundraising he asked me to join them in the call room and help the effort in raising as much money as possible for some of the unfortunate people effected in Pakistan. After a long chat I decided that It was difficult for me to make it down in time and as I was fasting It would be too burdensome on me to be so active as I have had a bad headache since yesterday, which isn’t normal for me as it is.

I sat alone for a while subconsciously reflecting on the events discussed in the phone call as well as thoughts of some of the recent historical articles I have been amercing myself in regarding the invasion of Bangladesh by Pakistan where by more than three million Bangladeshis’ were killed, I guess that my compassion towards Pakistan was at a low given the recent media coverage on President Zardari and his corrupt regime that has hijacked the image that  Pakistan should symbolize within the Islamic Ummah, not to mention what the Taliban do in the name of peace and stability in Pakistan. I decided to visit a few websites to see how badly affected the people of Pakistan were and to my horror I discovered that the tally had now reached 14 million people, displaced and homeless, not to mention the number of lives that will continue to be lost as the devastation continues.

Maybe it’s because it is the month of Ramadan but at that moment I felt an emotional pull towards these people and their plight as I saw some of the images, it sent shivers down my spine. No longer did the lack of empathy that I once had any bearing on me today, at the end of the day these were human beings!

It is sad to think how we in the west can be so disconnected if we choose to be, being labelled as an ignorant society that lacks the impetus to champion humanitarian aid as if it were a burden. So today I have a new found respect for those brothers and sister who donate their money, food, work and mostly their time and efforts! May Allah reward them.
I need to stop being selfish & I need to get on the phones!

www.dec.org.uk 
0370 60 60 900
please help Pakistan!

I wanted to share something nice with before I leave, every time I break my fast my mum knows how much I love tea and there on the table would be a warm tea as soon as I am ready to eat. Now what freaks me out is how perfectly warm the tea is every time. I would bet my life it’s there now my ever-warm tea! Now that’s real love.

Thank you for taking the time to digest some of me ramblings, there is one thing you will find here and that is frankness and honesty, and due to the month of Ramadan my usual bluntness will subside for a short period but will return with a vengeance!

Friday, 13 August 2010

Dhikr

سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ وَ بِحَمْدِهِ

SubhanAllahi wa biHamdihi

Glory be to Allah and Praise Him.

100 times per day = 1000 blessings and 1000 sins wiped away Inshallah

Drinking Plenty of Water

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
Water is essential for every living organism and is great for the human body. Without going into much detail about water, I would like to share something very useful for all those Muslims, New-Muslims and Non-Muslims who are fasting in this month of Ramadan. Some of us feel very thirsty in the morning. Half way through the day we sometimes dont have the energy to work or motivate ourselves and can feel the body dehydrate very fast, with our mouths becoming dry and sticky. Generally in our normal day to day life we drink enough water to last us a few hours, but now that Ramadan is here we tend to forget that the water we drink in the morning is to last us not only a few hours but for anything upto 16 hours without food or drink up until the time comes for us to break our fasts.

Well I just may have the solution! Now that Ramadan has fallen in the summer season, it is more important that we drink plenty of water, yes thats right by drinking plenty of water before going to bed during your early morning meal (Suhoor) really does help!

The trick is, after your morning meal before your fast is about to begin drink plenty of water until you think your about full. Now this is where you drink an extra cup of water - dont worry an extra cup wont hurt! But remember not to drink too much to a point that it will make you feel sick or throw up, as otherwise it may dilute the food you have just eaten. Always drink enough water, remember the water you drink - is the water that is going to last you a whole day and not just for a few hours.

Believe me you will not regret it, as not only will it support you throughout the day but it is also good for your brain and body during Ramadan.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Ramadan Begins!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu (May the peace and the Mercy of Allah be upon you).
Ramadan in 2010 starts on Wednesday, the11th of August and will continue for 30 days until Thursday, the 9th of September. (Note that in the Muslim calander, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Ramadan on the sunset of Tuesday, the 10th of August.)

I would like to wish you Ramadan Mubarak. May Allah keep us all steadfast and in good health during this blessed month and shower us all with peace and blessings. Make this the best Ramadan of your life and treat it as if it was your last.

Make dua for me please

Tuesday, 10 August 2010