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  1. Maximising last 10 Nights of Ramadan & Laylatul Qadr So valuable is Laylatul Qadr (The Night of Power) that the Quran devotes a special surah to it Lailatul Qadr is better than a thousand months [97:3] Abu Huraira (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: Whoever stands (in prayer) in Laylatul Qadr while nourishing his faith with self-evaluation, expecting reward from Allah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven. (Bukhari and Muslim). Not only does the worship of this one night surpass the value of 30,000 nights which is over 83 YEARS OF WORSHIP but an entire lifetime of sins wiped out in this unique and blessed night! Subhanallah! There is no way we can afford to miss out on such a blessed night! According to authentic narrations Laylatul Qadr can be found in any of the last ten nights of Ramadan. Therefore we should try our utmost to worship in all of the last ten nights of Ramadan. If one cannot worship the whole of the last ten nights then one should strive to worship in as many of the last ten nights as is possible in order to gain these immense rewards. Surely to miss out on such rewards will be a source of huge regret on the day of Judgement. It is also said that Laylatul Qadr moves around the last ten nights of Ramadan and that it is more likely to be found in the odd numbered nights of the last 10 nights of Ramadan: 21st night, 23rd, 25th, 27th & 29th nights. So if we cannot worship the whole of the last ten nights of Ramadan then we should at least worship the last odd nights. If we still cannot do that then we should worship the 27th night but there is no guarantee that this will be the auspicious night of Power. So in order to catch this night then we must worship all the last 10 nights or as many as we can possibly manage. Find out from your local Masjid or Islamic centre when the odd nights of the last ten nights of Ramadan will be so that you could plan to worship the entire night from Maghrib until Fajr! Remember: We can gain 83 years of worship reward and forgiveness for an entire lifetime of sins for worshipping on this one special night. So we CANNOT afford to miss out. If we are working on the days after those nights and we can take those days or go work later on that day then we should try to, even if it means we to work go tired on those days, so be it as it is only once a year whre this opportunity comes and we may NEVER get such an opportunity again as we may not be alive next year! So make the commitment! So we should all make a firm commitment to devote ourselves in worship on all of the last 10 nights, if not then on the odd numbered nights, if not then at least on as many nights as we can. If we still cannot do that then at least on the 27th night. We should worship Allah with full sincerity, hope for immense reward, forgiveness and mercy from Allah for an entire lifetime of sins. We should also make a firm commitment to Allah that we will change ourselves for the better for the rest of the year as Ramadan is for life not just for one month. We must remember that our time is very short and that this may well be our very last Ramadan as it was the last Ramadan for so many who thought they would make it! So let us grab this opportunity with both hands! If we walk towards Allah then he will run towards us! These threads will help to make the best of the last ten days & nights of Ramadan: Worship Plan to Maximise Laylatul Qadr http://www.islamicboard.com/fasting-ramadhan-eid-ul-fitr/134320926-worship-plan-maximise-laylatul-qadr.html 10 ways to Maximize the Last 10 Days of Ramadan http://www.islamicboard.com/fasting-ramadhan-eid-ul-fitr/134308455-10-ways-maximize-last-10-days-ramadan.html 5 things to do on Laylatul Qadr http://www.islamicboard.com/fasting-ramadhan-eid-ul-fitr/134300163-5-things-do-laylatul-qadr.html May Allah enable us to make the best of the last 10 days & nights of Ramadan and enable us to gain the maximum rewards from this special, unique and auspicious night. Ameen
  2. Everything you need to make this the best Ramadan EVER! The following are all the resource's you need to make this the best and most productive Ramadan ever: Maximising worship during Ramadan: 10 Ways to Prepare for Ramadan http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?73922-10-Ways-to-Prepare-for-Ramadan 12 Ways to Maximize Everyday in Ramadan http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?120639-12-Ways-to-Maximize-Everyday-in-Ramadan Daily Ramadan Timetable http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?120795-Daily-Ramadan-Timetable Daily Ramadan Worship Routine http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?91141-Daily-Ramadan-Worship-Routine Ramadan Worship Checklist http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?91087-Ramadan-Worship-Checklist 9 things a Women on Menses can to do in Ramadan http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?75623-9-things-a-Women-on-Menses-can-do-in-Ramadan How Productive was your day today in Ramadan: http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?75598-How-productive-was-your-day-today-in-Ramadan Maximising Good Deeds during Ramadan: The BEST sale in the Universe is now on! http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?91614-The-Best-Sale-in-the-Universe-is-on-Now! 40 Quick, Easy & Rewarding Good Deeds to do Everyday in Ramadan! http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?61541-40-Quick-Easy-amp-Rewarding-Good-Deeds-to-do-in-Ramadhan! 12 Hugely Rewarding Dhikr's to keep repeating in Ramadan http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?120686-12-Hugely-Rewarding-Dhikr-s-to-keep-repeating-in-Ramadan 15 Easy Good deeds to do throughout Ramadan! http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?75500-15-Easy-Good-deeds-to-do-throughout-Ramadan! 10 Hugely Rewarding Good Deeds to do in Ramadan http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?91422-10-Hugely-Rewarding-Good-Deeds-to-do-in-Ramadan Trillions of Rewards in Just a Few Seconds! http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?75702-Trillions-of-Rewards-in-just-a-few-Seconds 7 Good Deeds in Ramadan that carry the Reward of Hajj & Umrah! http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?120699-7-Deeds-in-Ramadan-that-carry-the-Reward-of-Hajj-amp-Umrah! Maximising Qur'an during Ramadan: Immense Rewards for reciting the Qur'an in Ramadan: http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?75985-Immense-Rewards-for-Reciting-the-Qur-an-in-Ramadan 10 Reasons We Should Memorise the Qur'an http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?73072-10-Reasons-We-Should-Memorise-the-Qur-an Maximising Prayers during Ramadan VERY Rewarding Nafl Salaahs we can Pray Everyday this Ramadan! http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?49289-VERY-Rewarding-Nafl-Salaahs-we-can-Pray-Everyday-this-Ramadan! 3 ways of attaining focus in our Salaah (prayer) - You will be amazed! http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?120813-3-ways-of-attaining-focus-in-our-Salaah-(prayer)-You-will-be-amazed! The Virtues and Sunnah's of Jummah http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?58767-The-Virtues-and-Sunnah-s-of-Jummah Increasing Imaan (faith) during Ramadan: A Life Changing Reminder: Ramadan Reminder http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?110737-A-Life-Changing-Reminder-Ramadan-Reminder 10 Steps to Increase our Iman (Faith) http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?40459-10-steps-to-increase-our-imaan(faith) 10 Steps to getting Closer to Allah this Ramadan: http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?120700-10-steps-to-getting-closer-to-Allah-this-Ramadan Do you want to see Allah? http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?121518-Do-you-want-to-see-Allah My Last Ramadan before death! http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?120687-My-Last-Ramadan-before-Death The Best Opportunity to Change Our Lives Forever! http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?109938-The-Best-Opportunity-to-Change-Our-Lives-Forever! Maximising the last ten days and nights of Ramadan: 10 ways to Maximize the Last 10 Days of Ramadan http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?76512-10-ways-to-Maximize-the-Last-10-Days-of-Ramadan Worship Plan to Maximise the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan! http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?110845-Worship-Plan-to-Maximise-the-Last-10-Nights-of-Ramadan! 12 Ways To Maximize I'tikaf http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?76373-12-Ways-To-Maximize-I-tikaf Worship Plan to Maximise Laylatul Qadr (Night Of Power) http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?110890-Worship-Plan-to-Maximise-Laylatul-Qadr-(Night-Of-Power) Five things to do on Laylatul Qadr http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?62368-5-things-to-do-on-Laylatul-Qadr On Laylatul Qadr Each Letter of Quran worth over 300,000 good deeds! http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?111194-On-Laylatul-Qadr-every-letter-of-Quran-worth-300-000-Good-deeds! Giving just £10 to charity during Laylatul Qadr equals £300,000! http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?111079-Giving-just-£10-to-charity-during-Laylatul-Qadr-equals-£300-000!-Subhanallah! Towards the end of Ramadan Do we have "Double Intentions" this Ramadan? http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?76602-Do-we-have-quot-Double-Intentions-quot-this-Ramadan Ramadan Not Just For One Month But For Everyday Of Our Lives! http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?61884-Ramadan-is-not-just-for-one-month-it-is-for-everyday-of-our-lives! 20 Sunnah's to do on Eid http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?111242-20-Sunnah-s-to-do-on-Eid 7 Good Deeds to continue after Ramadan http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?120699-7-Deeds-in-Ramadan-that-carry-the-Reward-of-Hajj-amp-Umrah! Spread these valuable Ramadan gems to all so everyone can benefit!!!
  3. Ramadan Worship Plan

    Ramadan Worship Plan Daily Ramadan Timetable http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?120795-Daily-Ramadan-Timetable Daily Ramadan Worship Routine http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?91141-Daily-Ramadan-Worship-Routine Ramadan Worship Checklist http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?91087-Ramadan-Worship-Checklist Please feel free to spread so that we can all benefit!!!
  4. 12 Ways to Maximize Everyday in Ramadan

    6 Tips to Worship Allah more Conciously this Ramadan: http://productivemuslim.com/worship-more-consciously/
  5. Ramadan Worship Checklist

    Ramadan Worship Checklist This is the most comprehensive Ramadan worship checklist out there. Surely one of the best way we can make the best of each and every precious second in the blessed month of Ramadan is to have a worship checklist that we can refer to. Downloading the Ramadan Worship checklist: Please download file by clicking on any of the links below to download it and then print and also forward to others so that we all maybenefit from making the best of each and every precious second this Ramadan! Click on the "download this file" box in the 2 links below: http://www.filedropper.com/ramadanworshipchecklist Download as Pdf: http://www.filedropper.com/100464477-ramadan-worship-checklist Alternatively download directly from Scribd by signing in using your Facebook account: http://www.scribd.com/doc/100464477/Ramadan-Worship-Checklist If you have any issues or problems with downloading or have any questions regarding the Ramadan Worship Plan then please do not hesitate to ask. May Allah enable us all to make the best of the blessed month of Ramadan. Ameen
  6. 12 Ways to Maximize Everyday in Ramadan

    Make This Ramadan Your Best Ramadan Ever A short list to help us make this our best Ramadan EVER! Strengthen your faith during this month by confirming your belief in the unity of God. Have the intention of pleasing God with all your acts of worship. Keep away from the things that nullify your faith. Follow the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Feed the poor and the needy. Feel the gift of giving in Ramadan. Before going out for `Eid prayer, make sure to pay Zakat al-Fitr. Perform the daily prayers at their fixed times and in congregation as much as you can. Attend the Tarawih prayers constantly and perform extra prayers. Rediscover the power of prayer in Ramadan and concentrate much while praying. Leave this worldly life behind your back once you raise your hands and say Allahu Akbar (God is the greatest). Visit your family members and relatives. Observe i`tikaf (retreat in the mosque) during the last ten days of Ramadan, if you can. Make the Quran your companion in Ramadan and have the intention to finish reading it at least once. Have the intention to offer sincere repentance to Allah. Have the intention to refine your manners and the way you treat others. Make any dawah effort during Ramadan if you can, like distributing Ramadan-related dawah materials (CDs, booklets, videos, PDF files, etc.). If you have the financial means, make iftar for new Muslims in your community to help them integrate with their fellow Muslims. You can also invite non-Muslims to such events to get to know them and introduce Islam to them through fasting. Make iftar meals and gifts for orphans and marginalized children to make Ramadan a happy occasion for them. Prepare your du`a (supplication) list. Write down the du`a (supplication) that you want to recite throughout the month. You can ask Allah for anything and everything. Choose the proper times and occasions of offering the du`a. The best supplication is during prostration, while offering the late night prayer, in the last days of Ramadan, and during Laylat al-Qadr (the Night of Power). Prioritize your list of supplications. Observe the etiquette of making supplication. Start your supplication with praising Allah and sending peace and blessings to the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Face the qiblah (direction) and raise your hands. Be sure that Allah will never let your hands empty when you pray to Him. Do not forget the oppressed people, the people of Syria, and Muslims in Burma (Myanmar). We pray to Allah to allow us to live till next Ramadan, and make it the best Ramadan ever. Ameen Excerpt taken from OnIslam
  7. Want the Reward of Fasting for the WHOLE YEAR?

    Subhanallah just 6 days of fasting in the month of Shawwal can gain us the reward of a WHOLE years of fasting. In the UK we have until the 29th of September to fast the 6 fasts of Shwwal.
  8. 5 things to do on Laylatul Qadr

    Laylatul Qadr dates in the UK In the UK: 21st night has already gone. 23rd Night is on TONIGHT - Monday 22nd August from Maghrib until Fajr. 25th Night is on Wednesday 24th of August from Maghrib until Fajr. 27th Night is on Friday 26th of August from Maghrib until Fajr. 29th night is on Sunday 28th of August from Maghrib until Fajr. Remember:We can gain forgiveness for an entire lifetime of sins on this special night: Abu Huraira (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever stands (in prayer) in Laylatul Qadr while nourishing his faith with self-evaluation, expecting reward from Allah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” (Bukhari and Muslim). So valuable is this Night of Power that the Quran devotes a special surah to it “Lailatul Qadr is better than a thousand months” [97:3] This one night surpasses the value of 30,000 nights which means we can gain rewards of over 83 YEARS OF WORSHIP! Subhanallah! Most of us will not even live upto such an age! So we should make a commitment to worship on all of the odd numbered nights with full sincerety and hope for mercy and forgiveness from Allah aswell as reward. We should also make a firm commitment to Allah that we will change ourselves for the better forever. Time is short and this may be our last Ramadan! Let us grab this opportunity! If we walk towards Allah then he will run towards us! May Allah enable us to make the best of the last 10 days & nights of Ramadan and may he enable us to gain the maximum rewards from this auspicious night. Ameen __________________
  9. 12 Ways to Maximize Everyday in Ramadan The most beautiful month has come upon us. Almighty Allah says: “The month of Ramadan is the one in which the Quran was sent down, a guidance for mankind, clear proofs for the guidance, the Criterion; so whoever amongst you witnesses this month, let him fast it." (Surah al-Baqarah 2:185) In this blessed month good deeds are multiplied: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever draws near to Allah during it (Ramadan) with a single characteristic from the characteristics of (voluntary) goodness, he is like whoever performs an obligatory act in other times. And whoever performs an obligatory act during it, he is like whoever performed seventy obligatory acts in other times.” (Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, no. 1887) We should thank Allah abundantly for giving us the opportunity to be able to benefit from such a blessed month. But as we all know life is very uncertain & unfortunately many will have passed away before the coming of this blessed month & so it may well be our very last Ramadan as we may not be alive to see the next. Therefore we should treat this Ramadan as our last and do our utmost to ensure that we maximize each precious second in this blessed month to ensure that we gain maximum benefit from it. The following are 12 ways we can maximize each precious day in Ramadan: 1. Purifying our intentions "Verily actions are judged by intention." [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim] It is crucial that we purify & correct our intentions before doing any acts of worship. This is because we may have other underlying intentions in our hearts without even realizing it. Like for e.g. we may have in our hearts that we fast because we don't want to look bad in front of our family or friends or because others fast etc. So before doing any good deed we need to align & focus our intention to ONLY pleasing Allah. By doing this we will increase the sincerity in our worship & acts of virtues & by having better intentions when doing any good act is a means of earning greater rewards for whatever good deed we are doing. Ibn Al-Mubaarak said: "Maybe a small action is made great by its intention, and maybe a great action is made small by its intention." Even daily routines like eating, drinking, sleeping, waking up, traveling etc can be a source of great reward by having the right intentions. Having good Intentions is easy & great rewards can be gained without making any hard physical effort. By just spending a couple of seconds having the right intention in our hearts we can turn a whole day to a day of worship. It is like turning dust into gold. 2. Schedule & Monitor Daily Worship One of the best ways that we can maximize each day in Ramadan is to plan & schedule our time effectively. By doing so we will have clearly defined goals and targets which we can strive towards achieving each day. In this way we can also check & monitor our daily progress & make adjustments & improvements accordingly. The following two downloads will help us to plan, check & monitor our daily worship throughout Ramadan: 1. Daily Ramadan Worship check Ramadan Planner.pdf 2. Daily Ramadan hourly scheduler Ramadhaan Time Table.pdf 3. Avoiding distractions There will be many things getting in our way & distracting us from our worship. But we must take all necessary precautions & measures in order to avoid any possible distractions. The first thing we must do is to avoid major distractions like TV for a month or at least as much as possible. Putting away games consoles. If we meet with friends then not getting into useless & idle discussions. Not going to places like the mall or high street's unless it is absolutely necessary. We must also not spend hours on end cooking a table full of food every single day for Iftaar for this is contrary to the purpose of Ramadan. We should spend as little time as possible on things other than worship. We should fulfill our daily duties as quickly as possible & spend as much time as possible in worshiping Allah. 4. Avoid eating excessively Al-Hassan Al-Basri (RA): “The test of Adam (AS) was food and it is your test until Qiyamah. Al-Miqdaam ibn Maadiy-Karib (RA) said: I heard the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying: “No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach. Sufficient for any son of Adam are some morsels to keep his back straight. But if it must be, then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for his breath.” (Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasaa’I, Ibn Majah ) There is no doubt that excessive eating is not only a cause of many diseases but is also a major factor in stopping us from maximizing our daily worship. Ibrahim al-Nakha’i (RA), one of the teachers of Imam Abu Hanifa (RA) mentioned: “The people ruined before you were done in by three characteristics: too much talking, too much eating, and too much sleeping.” There is nothing worse than fasting the whole day & when time comes to open our fast we end up over eating until we can't move. Surely this will make us feel heavy & lazy in worship & make it harder for us to pray & to get up for Sehri. Ash-Shafi’I (RA) said: I have not filled myself in sixteen years because filling oneself makes the body heavy, removes clear understanding, induces sleep and makes one weak for worship. It used to be said: Whoever takes control of his stomach gets control of all good deeds. Over eating goes against the very purpose of Ramadan which is to be moderate in eating & to remember those who have less than us. How can we remember the unfortunate if we constantly over eat before and after fasting? One day, Al-Hassan (RA) offered some food to his companion who said: I have eaten until I am no longer able to eat. To which Al-Hassan (RA) said: Subhaana Allah! Does a Muslim eat until he is no longer able to eat? So let us control the amount we eat & instead have smaller meals. Have some fruit & dates for Iftaar then pray Maghrib & then have a small meal until we are satisfied. After Tarawee we can have another small bite to eat. In this way we are not over eating but spreading out what we eat. So we will not feel heavy or lazy but satisfied & full of energy which we can utilize for worship. 5. Recite the Qur'an abundantly Ramadan is the month the Qur'an was revealed: "The month of Ramadan is the one in which the Quran was sent down, a guidance for mankind, clear proofs for the guidance, the Criterion.. (Surah al-Baqarah 2:185) It is the month of the Qur'an so it should be recited in abundance: Az-Zuhri used to say upon the coming of Ramadan, “It is only about reciting the Qur’an & feeding the poor.” Abdur-Raziq said, “When Ramadan came, Sufyan Ath-Thawri would give up all acts of (voluntary) worship & devote himself to the recitation of the Qur’an.” Outside of Ramadan there are 10 rewards for reciting each letter of the Qur'an: Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) says: "Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah will receive a hasanah (good deed) from it (i.e. his recitation), and the hasanah is multiplied by ten. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is (considered as) a letter, rather Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter, and Meem is a letter." [At-Tirmidhi, Ad-Darimi] But in Ramadan ALL good deeds are multiplied by 70 or more. So for each letter of the Qur'an we recite we will gain 70 rewards or more. Can you imagine how much reward we would gain for reciting the entire Qur'an just once? How about twice? Subhaanallah! Therefore we should concentrate most of our efforts this Ramadan in reciting the Qur'an. We should make a target of how much Qur'an we will recite each day. For e.g. 1 Juz (chapter) half a juz, 4 pages etc. We should aim to complete the Qur'an at least once by the end of Ramadan or as many times as we can. Along with recitation we should also learn the meanings of what we are reciting & contemplate over the verses. We must try & implement what we learn into our daily lives. That is where the true reward is of reciting the Qur'an. Note: We should try & recite Surah Ya-sin everyday particularly after Fajr time. We should also recite Surah Mulk before we go to sleep & Surah Kahf every Jumma. Other Surahs we should recite much of are Surah's Zilzalah, Al Kaafirun & Al Ikhlas Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas & Anas Ibn Malik (RA) reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, ‘Whoever recited Surah Zilzilah (99) would get the reward of reciting half the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Kaafirun (109) would get a reward as if reading a quarter of the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Ikhlas (112) would get a reward as if reading one third of the Qur’an’. (At-Tirmidhi 2818/A) 6. Implementing the Sunnah into daily life Following the Sunnah is a command from Allah: "Say (O Muhammad to mankind): "If you (really) love Allah, then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic monotheism, follow the Quran and the Sunnah), Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Quran: 3:31) Almighty Allah says: “There certainly is an excellent example in Allah's messenger for he who fears Allah and the last day and remembers Allah abundantly” (al-Ahzaab 21) By following the Sunnah in every aspect of our daily lives, everything we do will become worship, even going to the toilet, having a bath, dressing & undressing etc. Annas (RA) reports Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) advised, “Whoever cherishes my Sunnah, indeed he cherishes me & whoever loves me will be with me in Jannah.” (Tirmidhi: 2678: Ibid) So let us cherish & revive the Sunnah this Ramadan: Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever revives an aspect of my Sunnah that is forgotten after my death, he will have a reward equivalent to that of the people who follow him, without it detracting in the least from their reward.” (Tirmidhi) The following free E book contains daily Sunnah's & dua's we can do from awakening in the morning up until going to sleep at night: Download Beautiful Daily Sunnah's 26863499-Beautiful-Sunnah-s-of-Rasulallah-to-Do-Everyday.pdf 7. Nafil (Voluntary) prayers What better way of drawing closer to Allah this Ramadan than by doing voluntary prayers: Allah says in Hadith Qudsi: ....and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nafil (voluntary deeds) until I love him, [bukhari] Want the company of Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in Jannah? Then increase in Nafil prayers: Rabi'ah Ibn Malik al-Aslami reported that the Prophet Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam said: "Ask (anything)." Rabi'ah said: "I ask of you to be your companion in paradise." The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Or anything else?" Rabi'ah said: "That is it." The Prophet Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam said to him: "Then help me by making many prostrations (i.e., Nafil prayers)." (Muslim) The reward for fard prayers outside of Ramadan is the greatest a Muslim can gain but in Ramadan we get the same reward for praying a Nafil prayer. Subhaanallah! What other time of the year are Nafil prayers rewarded equal to that of a fard prayer? Therefore we should strive to pray as many Nafils as we can in order to get closer to Allah, gain the company of Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in Jannah & gain the rewards of a fard prayer! So we should set ourselves daily targets of praying as many Nafils as we can. The following are Sunnah & Nafil prayers we can pray everyday in Ramadan & throughout our lives: 1. Pray 12 Raka'ahs of Sunnah daily: - 2 Sunnah of Fajr, 4 Sunnah & 2 Sunnah of Dhuhr and 2 Sunnah of Maghrib Umm Habibah Ramilah bint Abu Sufyan (RA) narrated she heard the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying: “A house will be built in Paradise for every Muslim who offers twelve units of Prayers other than the obligatory ones in day and night, to seek pleasure of Allah.” (Muslim) 2. Salaatul Duhaa (Can be prayed from 20 mins after sunrise up until 20 minutes before Dhuhr begins) So we should remain seated after Fajr prayer & recite the Qur'an or do Dhikr up until 20 minutes after Sunrise and pray Salaatul Duhaa. If not then we can pray it anytime before midday. 'Salat al-Dhuhaa consists of 2 - 12 Rakaats and it is preferable to perform 8 Rakaats.' (Raddul Mukhtaar vol.1 pg.505) The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: Whoever prayed twelve rakaats (before midday), then Allah will, as a reward, prepare a palace of gold for him in Paradise. (Mishkat, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah) 3. 4 Sunnah, 2 Sunnah & 2 Nafil of Dhuhr Umm Habibah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever sticks to the habit of offering four rak`ahs before Noon Prayer and four rak`ahs after it, Allah will shield him against the Hell-Fire.” (Abu Dawud & At-Tirmidhi) 4. 4 Raka'ahs Sunnah of Asr The Prophet (Sallallaahu 'Alaihi wa sallam) said: "May Allaah have Mercy on the one who offers four (Raka'ahs) before 'Asr prayer."(Abu Dawud) 5. Two Raka'ahs Sunnah after entering Masjid Abu Qatadah (RA) narrated the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) as saying: “If any one of you enters a mosque, he should pray two rak`ahs before sitting.” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim) 6. Tahiyyatul Wudu - 2 Raka'ahs Sunnah after doing Wudu (Ablution) Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying to Bilal (RA): “Tell me about the best of your deeds (i.e. one which you deem the most rewarding) since your embracing Islam because I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Bilal (RA) replied: “I do not consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night or day, I perform Prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)” 7. The MOST REWARDING Nafil Prayer of all is Tahajjud Allah Most High said: “Establish worship at the going down of the sun until the dark of the night, and (the recital of) the Qur’an at dawn. Lo! (the recital of) the Qur’an at dawn is ever witnessed. And some part of the night awake for its recital, as voluntary worship for you. It may be that your Lord will raise you to a praised estate.” (Qur’an, 17: 78-79) Imam Abu Sa'id al-Khadimi said, "There is scholarly consensus (ijma`) that among the best of virtuous acts is the night vigil prayer." [al-Bariqa al-Mahmudiyya Sharh al-Tariqa al-Muhammadiyya] The scholars derived the following in regards to Tahajjud from the Qur'an and prophetic Hadiths: 1. The minimal night vigil prayer is 2 Rakaats. [Hindiyya, quoting Fath al-Qadir] 2. Its optimal recommended amount is 8 Rakaats, because this was the general practice of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) [Hindiyya, quoting Fath al-Qadir] 3. Lengthier recitation of Qur'an is superior to a larger number of Rakaats prayed. [Durr al-Mukhtaar, Radd al-Muhtar] If one has not memorized much of the Qur'an then one should recite whatever they know or recite Surah Ikhlas 3 times after Surah Faathiha in each rakah to gain reward of reciting entire Qur'an. 4. It is recommended to start the night vigil with two short Rakaats, because of the Hadith of Abu Hurayrah (RA) that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, "If you get up for night prayer, start with two short Rakaats." [Muslim, Ahmad, Abu Dawud] During Ramadan we should aim to pray Tahajjud every night. We can do so by awakening a little earlier for Sehri, making Wudu & praying a minimum of 2 Raka'ahs, but best to pray 8 Raka'ahs. Abu Hurayrah (RA), related that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: When the last one-third of the night remains, our Lord, the Glorious One descends towards the heaven of the earth and proclaims: Who is that who supplicates for Me, and I grant his supplication? Who is that who begs Me for anything and I grant it to him? And who is that who seeks My forgiveness, and I forgive him? (Bukhari, Muslim). So the last third part of the night is the most blessed & dua's are readily accepted at this time. Therefore by praying Tahajjud it gives us the best opportunity to get closer to Allah & to make sincere dua, repenting for our sins past and present & to crying & asking of Allah for whatever we want. If we cannot cry due to the hardness of our hearts then we should at least make the face as if we are crying. Just as a mother tends to her baby quicker & more promptly when it is crying in the same way Allah tends to his servants quicker when they are crying. Ibn Mas`ud (Allah be pleased with him) was asked, "I cannot pray at night." He said, "Your sins have prevented you." 8. Doing excessive Dhikr (Remembrance) of Allah Utter regret for each second wasted without remembering Allah: Mu`adh Ibn Jabal (RA) said that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "The People of Paradise will not regret anything except one thing alone: the hour that passed them by in which they made no remembrance of Allah." Narrated Bayhaqi in Shu`ab al-iman (1:392 #512-513) The highest rank in Jannah are for those who remembered Allah the most: Abu Sa`id (RA) narrates the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was asked, "Which of the servants of Allah is best in rank before Allah on the Day of resurrection?" He said: "The ones who remember him much."I said: "O Messenger of Allah, what about the fighter in the way of Allah?" He answered: "Even if he strikes the unbelievers and mushrikin with his sword until it broke, and becomes red with their blood, truly those who do Dhikr are better than him in rank." (Ahmad, Tirmidhi, & Bayhaqi) Therefore we should remember Allah as much as we can & glorify him night & day, not just in Ramadan but until our very last breath. What better time to start remembering Allah more than in this most blessed month. So we should set ourselves daily targets of doing as much Dhikr as we can. We can remember & glorify Allah whatever we are doing throughout the day. At work, whilst cooking, shopping & even whilst relaxing. We should remember Allah in our heart's & not just by our tongues. We should also contemplate over his magnificence & his creations & imagine him in front of us as we glorify & remember him. The following are 10 Dhikr, supported by Hadith that we can recite throughout the day & night in Ramadan until our last breath: Note: We should try & aim to recite each of these 10 Dhikr a 100 times each which makes a total of 1000 a day minimum. 1. Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee - Recite this abundantly during the last ten nights of Ramadan. 2. Subhaanallah 3. Alhamdulillah 4. Allahu Akbar 5. Laa ilaaha illallah 6. LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH-HIL ALIYYIL ADHEEM 7. Asthaghfirullah-halladhee Laa ilaaha illa-huwal Hayyul Qayyuumu Wa athoobu Ilay Or short version: Asthaghfirullah 8. SUB-HAAN'ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM'DIHI SUB-HAAN'ALLAH-IL ADHEEM Or short version: SUB-HAAN'ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM'DIHI 9. Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm 10. Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr Or the shortened version: Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer We should also recite much of durood e Ibrahim which is the durood that is recited towards the end of Salaah. Or the shortest durood is: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim 9. Dua & Repentance Almighty Allah says in the Qur'an: "When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me." [2:186] The place of Dua is so high in front of Allah, that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim) has said: "Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than Dua." [sahih al-Jami` no.5268]. Allah loves repentance & loves those who turn to him in sincere repentance: Truly Allah loves those who turn [to Him] in repentance... (Qur'an 2:222) Many of us rush our Dua’s & quite often our hearts are not present whilst we are making dua to Allah. That is why we lose out on much of the benefits & blessings of Dua. Therefore we should not let our minds wonder whilst in Dua & we should concentrate more, making sure our hearts are present whilst asking of Allah. Whilst we are in dua we should imagine Almighty Allah in front of us & so we should humble ourselves in front of him in a state of meekness & humility. It may also help if we made a list of what we want to ask Allah during our dua’s. We can then refer to this list as a reminder so that we can cover everything we need to ask him, which may help in making our Dua’s longer & more sincere. This is because we will not always remember everything we want to ask Allah unless we note it down & refer back to it when we need to. The times when Dua's are most accepted during Ramadan are: 1. The third portion of the night shortly before sehri ends. 2. Whilst fasting. 3. Between Asr & Maghrib. 4. Just before fast opens. 5. On Jumma before & after khutba. 6. Between Adhan & Iqamah. 7. Whilst raining. 8. After Qur'an recitation. 9. The Night of Qadr Let us not be of those who pass by Ramadan without gaining any forgiveness: Rasullullah (sallahu’ ‘alaihi wasallam) said: ...the angel Jibra’il appeared before me and said: Destruction to him who found the blessed month of Ramadan and let it pass by without gaining forgiveness...’ Upon that I said: ‘Amin.’ (Al-Bukhari, Al-Tabrani) We should ask of Allah to accept all of our good deeds & efforts throughout Ramadan & be hopeful that Allah will accept it from us. We should also have FULL hope that Allah will accept our Dua’s if not in this world then in the hereafter. We should accept his decree for he knows best in all matters. 10. Behaving in the best of ways & controlling our tongues Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alahi Wasallam) used to say: “The best amongst you are those who have the best manners and character.” (al-Bukhari) Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) had exemplery manners & was the best towards others. Surely he is the best example for us to follow & so we should also do our utmost to behave in the best of ways towards others and show exemplery manners like he did. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “There is none heavier in the scales of the Hereafter than good character (Tirmidhi & Abu Dawud). Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) also said: “The best loved by me and the nearest to me on the seats on the Day of Resurrection are those who have the best manners and conduct amongst you, who are intimate, are on good terms with others and are humble, and the most hated by me and who will be on the furthest seats from me are those who are talkative and arrogant.” (Tirmidhi) So if good character & manners are the heaviest on the scales in normal times then can you imagine how much more heavier they will be if we behave with good character and manners during the blessed month of Ramadan? So let us be the best towards our parents & family, towards our friends & those we know & don't know. Let us be the best towards all Muslims and non Muslims alike. Controlling our tongues Ramadan is a time where we must control our desires (nafs) as well as our tongues: Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) 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) Therefore we must protect our tongues at all times from vain speech and foul language. Protecting the tongue is preventing it from lying, back-biting, slander, tale-carrying, false speech and other things that have been forbidden in the Qur’an & Sunnah. Those who control their tongues are of the best of Muslims: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was asked: “Which Muslim is best?” He responded, “One who the other Muslims are safe from his tongue and his hand.” (Tirmidhi, #2504) So how can we begin to control our tongues? This can be done by “THINKING BEFORE SPEAKING”. We must not talk without even thinking about what we are going to say. Therefore before we saying anything we should always think whether or not what we are going to say is going to please or displease Allah. If in doubt whether or not what were about to say will anger or displease Allah then we should just refrain from saying it altogether. If we have nothing good to say then surely it is better NOT to say anything at all. Remember: We WILL be accountable for everything we said in our lives & so we MUST start taking responsiblity for what comes out of our mouths NOW otherwise we will regret it later when it is too late. Therefore we must get into the habit of: “Thinking before speaking”. REMEMBER: If we do not control our tongues then our fasts will be in vain: Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Allah does not need the fast of one who does not abandon false speech or acting according to his false speech.” (Sahih Bukhari) 11. Worship the last 10 nights of Ramadan & I'thiqaaf Increasing worship in the last ten days of Ramadan: Allah's Messenger used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time." (Muslim). Aisha (RA) reported: With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work harder) and used to pray all the night, & used to keep his family awake for the prayers. (Bukhari) The Night of Qadr So valuable is the Night of Qadr that the Quran devotes a special surah to it: “Lailatul Qadr is better than a thousand months” [97:3] This one night surpasses the value of 30,000 nights. The most authentic account of the occurrence of the Night indicates that it can occur on any one of the last ten, odd numbered nights of Ramadan, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29. It may also occur on any of the even nights. Therefore we should strive to stay up on all of the last 10 nights of Ramadan. If we can't do that then at least on the odd numbered nights of the last ten days. If we still can't manage that then let us pray on whatever nights we can, at least on the 27th night. If we pray on all of the last ten nights then we have a far better chance of catching this most powerful night & gain the rewards of over 83 YEARS OF WORSHIP! Subhaanallah! Most of us will not even live upto such an age! Aisha (RA) said: I asked the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam): 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?' He said Say: "Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee Trans: 'Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.' " (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi). Therefore we should increase our worship on the last ten days and nights of Ramadan & recite even more Qur'an, pray more Nafils, do more dhikr and make longer & more sincere dua's to Allah repenting remorsefully for our past & present sins, hopeful for mercy & forgiveness. We should also thank Allah abundantely. Performing I'tikaf on the last 10 days of Ramadan Aishah (RA) reported that the Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam): "Used to perform i'tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan until Allah the Mighty and Majestic, took him." (Bukhari & Muslim) Abu Said reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Whoever makes I`tikaf with me is to make I'tikaf during the last ten [nights]." (Bukhari) I`tikaf is worshipping Allah in seclusion in the Masjid or for women in her designated place at home. It is done with the intention of becoming closer to Allah. If we cannot manage all 10 days then we can do I'tikaf for however many days we can manage. The more the better. Each time we are in the Masjid or for a women in her designated place at home, then we can make intention of Nafil I’thikaf and gain reward for the duration of our stay in the Masjid or for women in her designated place at home even if it is for a very short while. A woman can also do I'tikaf whilst she is on her menses by remaining at her designated place at home doing dhikr etc 12. Charity & Generosity Ramadan is a time of generosity, giving & remembering those who have less than us. Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) became even more generous in Ramadan than he already was: Ibn 'Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was the most generous of the men; and he was the most generous during the month of Ramadan when Jibril visited him every night and recited the Qur'an to him. During this period, the generosity of Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) waxed faster than the rain bearing wind. (Al-Bukhari & Muslim). Ramadan is also time where we appreciate what Allah has given us so that we may be thankful to him. Ramadan is an Honorable and blessed month, & the rewards for generosity are multiplied in it. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam) said, “The best charity is that given in Ramadan.” (At-Tirmithi). Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam) said, “He who feeds a fasting person will gain the same reward as he will, without decreasing from the fasting person’s rewards.” (Ahmad). We should strive to feed as many fasting people as possible especially those less off than us & those in poorer countries. Charity should be paid secretly: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Righteous deeds protect a person from an evil end; a charity spent in secret extinguishes Allah’s wrath; and maintaining good ties of kinship increases ones lifespan.” (Tabaraani) Removing harmful objects from people’s way is also a charity: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said: “I saw a man enjoying himself in Paradise (simply) because he removed from a road a tree that used to harm people.” (Muslim) Note: We should also give our Zakat in the month of Ramadan each year so that we can gain the huge rewards of giving Zakat in the most rewarding of months. Therefore during Ramadan let us give as much as we can in the path of Allah & know that we will get SO much more in return in this world & the Hereafter. Surely in there hereafter we will regret that which we did not spend in the path of Allah. Conclusion My brothers and sisters what an amazing opportunity we have in this blessed month to gain such closeness to Allah as well as his mercy & forgiveness of our past & present sins. There are immense rewards available for us in this blessed month if only we make the little effort required to gain them. Surely on the day of judgment we will BEG each other for just one good deed but we will not be able to get anything as we will all be in desperate need on that day. Therefore the time to prepare for the Hereafter is NOW as we may not have a tomorrow. What better time to make lifetime changes than to do so in the most blessed of months - Ramadan. May Allah enable us to maximize each & every precious second of Ramadan & may he make it a salvation for us in the Hereafter. Ameen
  10. :sl: This is a unique and comprehensive collection of Beautiful Sunnah's which cover every aspect of our daily lives. It is absolutley crucial for us as muslims to revive the Sunnah and to impliment and practise it in EVERY aspect of our daily lives until our very last breath. By practising Sunnah's we are pleasing Allah in everything that we do because simply put Sunnah's are a revelation from Allah and it is exactly the way Allah wants us to live our daily lives. Therefore by practising the Sunnah's we are living our lives the way Allah wants us to and we are worshipping him in everything that we do. There are two ways you can donwload this file. On Microsoft Word or as a PDF file. Both can be downloaded by clicking on the links below and pressing the download button: Download as Microsoft Word Beautiful Sunnah's of Rasulallah to do Everyday FINAL COPY.doc Download file as PDF 26863499-Beautiful-Sunnah-s-of-Rasulallah-to-Do-Everyday.pdf If you like you can print these in book form from most modern printers by changing the printer settings. Please forward and spread these links to family, relatives, neighbours, friends and to as many people as possible in order for us to revive the Sunnah and so that we may implement them into every aspect of our daily lives. May Allah enable us to implement every Sunnah into our daily lives and make this a salvation for us and the whole ummah. Ameen :wa:
  11. :sl: This is a unique and comprehensive collection of Beautiful Sunnah's which cover every aspect of our daily lives. It is absolutley crucial for us as muslims to revive the Sunnah and to impliment and practise it in EVERY aspect of our daily lives until our very last breath. By practising Sunnah's we are pleasing Allah in everything that we do because simply put Sunnah's are a revelation from Allah and it is exactly the way Allah wants us to live our daily lives. Therefore by practising the Sunnah's we are living our lives the way Allah wants us to and we are worshipping him in everything that we do. There are two ways you can donwload this file. On Microsoft Word or as a PDF file. Both can be downloaded by clicking on the links below and pressing the download button: Download as Microsoft Word Beautiful Sunnah's of Rasulallah to do Everyday FINAL COPY.doc Download file as PDF 26863499-Beautiful-Sunnah-s-of-Rasulallah-to-Do-Everyday.pdf If you like you can print these in book form from most modern printers by changing the printer settings. Please forward and spread these links to family, relatives, neighbours, friends and to as many people as possible in order for us to revive the Sunnah and so that we may implement them into every aspect of our daily lives. May Allah enable us to implement every Sunnah into our daily lives and make this a salvation for us and the whole ummah. Ameen :wa:
  12. Allah is in Full Control of the Universe and Fully Aware of All Events Nothing happens in this world except through the leave of Allah (swt). Therefore, a person who has been suffering from distress should know that Allah (swt) is fully aware of all that has happened or been happening to him. It is not a chaotic world where pain and suffering happens at random, nor is it a lawless universe without a ruler and watcher where the strong – be that a person or a nation – can do whatever it wishes to the weak without a consequence. The believer should know that Allah (swt) is aware of every little details of everything that happens, so much so that not even a leaf falls from a tree without Allah (swt) being aware of it: He knoweth whatever there is on the earth and in the sea. Not a leaf doth fall but with His knowledge: there is not a grain in the darkness (or depths) of the earth nor anything fresh or dry (green or withered) but is (inscribed) in a Record Clear (to those who can read). (6:59) No misfortune can happen on earth or in your souls but is recorded in a decree before We bring it into existence: that is truly easy for Allah: in order that ye may not despair over matters that pass you by … (57:22-23) Therefore, the believer should take relief and comfort from the fact that Allah (swt) is fully and intimately aware of his situations. Any harm or injustice that he has been subjected to by anyone, will not go without a consequence. Or if he is suffering from distress and difficulties, then his suffering is constantly being watched by One who is the Most Kind, the Most Merciful.
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  14. Bismillahirahmaaniraheem In the name of Allah most compassionate most merciful The way we can get through hardships and difficult tests that we may be going through in life is to firstly internalise in our minds that this life is a test ground and we are in an examination but we do not know when this examination will end but whilst the examination is taking place we are being rigorously tested and at times we are tested until breaking piont just to see whether or not we will turn towards Allah or go away from him. We must also internalise that Allah ONLY tests those who he wants close to him. Therefore the tests that we go through in our lives clearly show Allah is wanting us to turn towards him and be closer to him. This is in fact a great privelage. The greater the tests we go through the more Allah is wanting to raise our ranks in the hereafter. Therefore if we really want to know the best way to approach huge trials and tests then we should simply realise that the bigger the tests we are going through then the higher Allah is wanting to raise our ranks in the hererafter. Trials are a truly blessing in disguise. All Allah wants from us is for us to turn towards him in meekness and humbleness and for us to be patient and to turn to him in prayer and dua. Picture that fact that Allah loves it when his servant is in desperate need, crying to him for help for Allah tends to those who cry and sob to him immediatley just as a mother tends to its baby promptly when it is crying. We should also internalise the fact that tests actually differentiate us believers from one another in terms of ranking in the eyes of Allah and therefore we should know that those who are tested and are patient are forgiven of their sins as sins falls off a person who is patient through trials just. Therefore we should realise that us being tested with trials and tests will NEVER go unrewarded for Allah rewards how much he wants to those who are patient through trials and those who turn towards him in humility and meekness. It may be that a person who has experienced great trials in the world faces Allah on the day of judgement with little or no sins. So tests are a way of Allah forgiving a person of their sins so that on the day of judgement they have a much lighter load. Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has called the day of judgement a "terrible" day and surely on this terrible day we would want as less sins as possible in our accounts if we are to be successful. Therefore these trials and tests are very important for us because they enable us to be forgiven for countless sins that would be a huge burden on us if it were in our accounts but due to the huge tests we faced with patience turning to Allah then it may be that we have very little or no sins at all on that day. The greater the trial the more sins fall off us. So know that even a prick of a thorn expiates ones sins. We should also approach hardships and tests as in that it is the decree of Allah so we should NEVER ask Allah "Why" has he given us such trials? For questioning Allah why he has decreed something will mean that not only have we gone through so much grief and torment from these trials but that we have actually added to our sins by questioning Allah and we will be accountable for that. Patience is one of the greatest attributes a person can acquire and Allah is with those who are patient and the reward for Patience is Paradise! If one is patient, and is among the ones described in the following manner in the Qur’an (Baqarah, 2: 256) Who say, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return”:- Then here are the rewards Allah will give that person (2:157): The Rewards of Patience are the folowing: 1. Blessings from Allah: The patient person is blessed by Allah. 2. Mercy of Allah: When Allah gives someone His Mercy, He will let him enter paradise with His Mercy. 3. Guidance of Allah: A patient person will be guided by Allah in this world until he meets Him on the Day of Judgment. Referring to those who are tested and endure with Sabr or patience all of the above three rewards are mentioned by Allah Himself in the Qur’an in Surah Baqarah (2: 157): “They are those on whom (Descend) blessings from Allah, and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance.” In Surah Hud (11:11), Allah (S.W.T.) again promises to reward those who are patient in adversity. Therefore let us realise that patience is the main thing Allah is looking for in us when we are going through trials and tests. Here are two wonderful examples of patience through trials in the life of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) : ‘Ata ibn Rabah related that he heard Ibn ‘Abbas say: “Shall I show you a woman of Paradise?”I said: “Yes, indeed.” He said: “A black woman came to the Prophet, peace be upon him, and said: ‘I suffer from epileptic fits, and because of these, (at times) my body becomes uncovered. Would you invoke Allah, the Exalted One, to cure me of this disease? ‘ The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: ‘If you wish, you can be patient and you will attain Paradise (for this suffering). But if you prefer, I will pray to Allah, the Exalted, to cure you of it?’ The woman said: ‘I will be patient,’ then added: ‘I become uncovered (when I have fits), so invoke Allah for me that I do not become uncovered. ‘ So the Prophet, peace be upon him, prayed for her.” [source: Fiqh-us-Sunnah, volume 4, #1a] Story of ‘Urwah Ibn Al Zubair ‘Urwah Ibn Al Zubair had an operation, and the doctor amputated his leg. One friend came to visit him. ‘Urwah thought that the fried came to pacify him for the loss of his leg. So ‘Urwah told the visitor: If you came to give me condolence for the loss of my leg, I already submitted to Allah with patience to reward me for its loss. The guest told him, I came to inform you that your son fell down in a stable, and the animals stepped over him, and he died one hour ago. ‘Urwah said: O Allah! You took one child, and left me many…You took one organ from my body, and left me many organs…O Allah! You tested me with my body, and you were kind to leave me with good health. You tested me with the loss of my son, but you were kind in leaving me the rest of my children. We should also approach tests as in we should look at those who have less than us. We have clean tap water and food on our plates everyday. We have clean clothes washed regularly and shelter from the harsh weather. Whereas there are those who walk miles just for a sip of water and even then it is dirty. There are those who have the same clothes for years and cannot even wash them. There are those who go days without proper food and even then they have scraps and end up being malnourished. There are those like in the flood disaster recently who have no shelter and are exposed to terrible diseases. Those who have little or no money to buy even basic things aswell as medication for their sick family members. Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) always told us to look at those who have less than us. Sometims when we go through great trials we get decieved into thinking that other people that we see around us must be living a life happy and content. We are wrong to think in this way for we do not know what goes on in peoples lives. There are many examples of those who seemed as though they have SO much and seemed so happy but when certain things were revealed then it was clear that those people were living miserable lives full of torment! We may look at a person with a smile on his face but he may be going through trials we can never imagine. Therefore when we are going through difficult times and trials then we should not look at others and think they are happy and living fulfilled lives for we do not know what any person on the street is going through on a day to day basis. Therefore whenever we are going through difficult times and trials then we should put our full trust, hopes, faith and reliance in Allah for he will NEVER let us down but is only testing us because he wants us to turn towards him in humility, humbleness and meekness and he wants us to get much closer to him. He tests a person because he wants good for them and wants to forgive them and raise their ranks in the hereafter. In reality how lucky is a person who is being tested greatly and is still patient and turning towards Allah night and day. How hig must Allah be raising his ranks and forgiving his sins on a daily basis until he is like a new born baby who has little or no sins on him at all. So the way to approach this is to realise that a person who is being tested greatly is in fact lucky but shaythan is wanting one to think opposite. Shaythan is our eternal sworn enemy and ONLY wants us to lose hope and faith and to go away from Allah. He wants us tobecome disillusioned and lose all hope so that we go away from Alah and our deen. But we should reject our enemy who only wants our destruction. We should disregard his evil whispers and know that they are only lies and deciet. Shaythan will try to make us think that there is no way out of this and this is because he wants us to give in and lose hope. But we must realise that if we continuously strive and keep turning towards Allah and be patient then the final victory WILL be ours! We will taste the sweetness of victory but in order to taste this victory we need to fight and strive through the tests and trials that life throws at us! If one who is going through great trials continues to turn towards Allah in humility, meekness and in humblenes then know that the reward one will gain will be unimaginable. On the day of judgement once we see the reward of being patient through great trials turning towards Allah in humility then we would want Allah to have tested us even more so that we could have wreaped the rewards of being patient and turning towards Allah through trials and hardships. It is only on the day of judgement will we truly realise how much we have missed out on and how much more we wished we were tested by Allah so that our ranks were even higher. So the Reward of going through terrible trials and hardships immense! Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah Allah's Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, "On the Day of Resurrection, when people who have suffered affliction are given their reward, those who are healthy will wish their skins had been cut to pieces with scissors when they were in the world." (Al-Tirmidhi #1570) So remember: Victory, relief and ease comes with patience through distress and hardship Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, "Know that victory comes with patience, relief with distress and ease with hardship.” (Reported by Ahmad) Therefore let us realise that the bigger trials and hardships we go through in this life then the more rewards we will gain in the hereafter as long as we are patient and are constantly turning towards Allah. In the hereafter when we see the rewards of going through trials and hardships then we will all wish that we wen through the WORST trials possible for the longest amount of time! No amount of guilt can change the past and no amount of worrying can change the future. Go easy on yourself, for the outcome of all affairs is determined by Allah's decree. If something is meant to go elsewhere it will never come your way but if it is yours by destiny from you it cannot flee. (Umar Ibn al-Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu) May Allah make us patient through adversity, trials and hardships. Ameen Finally: " Do not detest the misfortunes that befall you, for what you detest may be the cause of your salvation and what you like may be the cause of your ruin." Al-Hasan Al-Basree
  15. Want Reward of Fasting for the WHOLE YEAR?

    Asalaamu Alaikum Wr Wb, yes you may fast these days if you wish for fasting on the white days 13, 14 and 15th is also Sunnah. Please remember me in your dua's.
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