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  1. Asslamo alykom, I while back I came across something on the line of "Sahaba RA used to prepare a list of Duaa for Ramadan, would supplicate in Ramadan, and that next Ramadan would not come until these Duas are accepted". i couldn't find any reference for that, the only thing I found was that the companions used to prepare in general for Ramadan. Jazakom Allaho khayr!
  2. Surah Saba 31-36

  3. Surat Al Maun

    I apologize I mean to tite it "Surah Al Humazah", could not edit it :)
  4. Surat Al Maun

    Asslamo Alykom,
  5. Surat Al Qiyama

    Asslamo Alykom,
  6. Asslamo Alykom Brothers and Sisters, I thought about this question right before I fell asleep (i.e. before my soul temporarily left my body.) Allah swt speaks about the ultimate destruction of our physical universe in the Quran. He swt mentions how this universe was created and will eventually be rolled back together with everything in it. I understand this means that all physical life forms, angels and Jinns will taste death, but what will happens to the souls in the barzakh? In other words presumably most of the human souls would've already been dead by the time Allah swt rolls back the universe, and so will these souls also be caused to not-exist when the day comes, prior to resurrection? The question also applies to Heaven and Hell, will they be destroyed or will they be left alone; if not, is it because they reside in different dimensions (i.e. 1st heaven "our universe" vs. other heavens) Hope someone will shed some light into this topic Jazakom Allaho Khayr
  7. Surat Fusilat (1-13)

    Surat Fusilat 1-12
  8. Our Nightly Companion

    Bismiallahi alrahmani alraheem (In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful) The holy month of Ramadan has gone by, and it seems as if maybe our enthusiasm to meet our nightly companion (that is Qiyam al Layl – Night Prayer) has been declining. The importance of this prayer has been emphasized in many sayings and verses of the Quran. One important question that arises is how do we stay consistent with this beautiful prayer? Let us first remind our self with some of the sayings of the Prophet PBUH, and Allah’s words to us about the night prayer. A) Among the reports that describe the virtues of this act of worship is the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him), in which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The best of prayers after the prescribed prayers is prayer in the depths of the night, and the best of fasting after the month of Ramadan is fasting the month of Allaah, Muharram.†(reported by Muslim). B) And, ‘Amr ibn ‘Absah reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The closest that the Lord is to His slave is in the later part of the night, so if you can be one of those who remember Allaah at that time, then do so.†(Reported by al-Tirmidhi and al-Nisaa'i). C) Allah swt also says “Their sides forsake their beds, to invoke their Lord in fear and hope, and they spend (charity in Allaah’s Cause) out of what We have bestowed on them†[al-Sajdah 32:16] Right after this verse Allah swt describes the reward for the people mentioned above (including the ones who perform Qiyam) by saying “Now no person knows what delights of the eye are kept hidden (in reserve) for them - as a reward for their (good) deeds.†It’s amazing how Allah swt describes in the Quran how other acts have specific rewards, but for Qiyam the reward is hidden and it will be an amazing surprise for the worshipper in the day of judgment for what they used to sacrifice for Allah. That being said, here are some steps that can help us inshaAllah obtain Qiyam Al Layl, and most importantly gain the pleasure of Allah swt. * Duaa: Supplications and speaking directly to Allah swt is one of the best weapons given to you by your creator. Use it in this matter by asking Allah swt to help you get-up for Qiyam Al Layl. Allah swt says “And as for those who strive hard in Our Cause, We will surely guide them to Our Paths. And verily, Allaah is with the muhsinoon (good-doers).†[al-‘Ankaboot 29:69] * Fajr: Prior to performing any voluntary acts of worship we must make sure that all of our obligatory requirements are met, and this includes praying Fajr on time. If you don’t pray Fajr on time, work on doing so; one of the best ways to accomplish this is to set up an alarm for. * Train yourself by gradually increasing your time: Sometimes we can overwhelm ourselves into doing acts of worship (which is great) but that can get us tired and thus we end up completely leaving the voluntary act of worship. A strategy that might be helpful is that one should perhaps ease him/her self into these acts (Qiyam al layl), even if the act looks small in your eyes. Remember that Allah loves the slave who performs constant deeds, even if they are small! Narrated Hazrat 'Aisha (Radi Allah Anha): The Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam was asked, "What deeds are loved most by Allah?" He said, "The most regular constant deeds even though they may be few."Sahih Bukhari: Volume 8, Book 76, Number 472 This “gradual easing†can be whatever makes it easy for the slave of Allah. For example, you can try to wake up 10, 15, or 30 minutes before Fajr and perform one rakah of witr or three. As you increase your time you can also increase your number or rakahs and recitations of the Quran. In Contrast, you can choose to perform Witr right after Salatul Isha, or before you go to sleep as a preparation for future “last 1/3 of the night†Qiyam. * Allah is calling you: The person who wants to pray Qiyaam al-layl should realize that Allah is calling him to qiyaam. When the slave realizes that his Master, Who has no need of people’s worship, is calling him to do this, he will respond. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “O you wrapped in your garments (i.e., Prophet Muhammad)! Stand (to pray) all night, except a little. Half of it, or a little less than that, or a little more; and recite the Qur’aan (aloud) in a slow, (pleasant tone and) style.†[al-Muzzammil 73:1-4]. From:you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_islamqa(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/en/ref/3749/Qiyam This means that you should remember Allah swt right as you hear your alarm. It will help you fight your self desire to go back to sleep, and fight the whispering of shaytan. Reassert to yourself that you have a meeting with your creator, and remember that Allah swt listens to your thoughts and is with you all of the time. May Allah help us all swt Allah clean our intentions, Pray Salatul Fajr, and meet our night prayer prior to Fajr prayer. (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_slave-of-alrahman.blogspot(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_slave-of-alrahman.blogspot(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/[/url]
  9. Cell Phones And Prayer Disturbance

    Asslamo alyko Scotia, I thought about the pagers for doctors but I wasn't completely sure because its a bit different. Maybe someone else can clarify this, but I think if the pager can be put in vibrate so that at least it won't disturb other people, would be a better idea. Some of the pagers that we have in the Masjid (we live in a big hospital area so there are many doctors) are really loud and definitely distract others. Perhaps the doctors can try to balance their jobs and salah. For example, If I was a doctor and want to pray taraweeh, but I am on call, I think I would just leave the Jamah taraweeh since it is sunnah and pray it by myself as Qyam al layl when the time comes. This way I'll make Qiyam without disturbing hundreds of muslims with my pager. But as far as obligatory prayers, I am not completely sure. Obviously the doctor has to pray it in Jamah, so Maybe they can turn it off for 5 minutes? If they can't, then I am not sure. Allah knows best since I don't know too much about this specific situation.
  10. Cell Phones And Prayer Disturbance

    Bismiallahi alrahmani alraheem (In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful) Do you remember the last time you heard a cell phone ring during the prayer? It’s very rare these days to observe the Salah without having to listen to one of the cool tunes coming from a cell phone. These cell phones with all of their benefits have become very disturbing and harmful in the context of prayer. Take for example this incident: A while back I was standing in the Jumuah prayer, and suddenly the tune of “Who let the dogs out†started playing for a few seconds. I’ll tell you, I was “letting the dogs out†in my head during the Salah, and even after the prayer. This brother, who forgot to turn off his phone, was the cause of prayer-disturbance of more than 60 Muslims including himself. Unfortunately this incident is very common nowadays. Another problem that is secondary to this issue is the spreading of filthy music and making other Muslims listen to it indirectly. You should realize that even if the phone ring is halal (Azan, halal nasheeds, Quran, etc…) one must still turn of his/her phone because it will distract the Imam, musaleen, and others during salah or Jumuah. And of course it is known that in Jumuah one must not talk, play, reply to people or engage in anything but listen to the khateeb. Otherwise, engagement in such acts may invalidate his/her Jumuah and remove some or all of his/her rewards. In this context, cell phones are without a question, a distraction to their owners and others during the Friday khutbah. I cannot comprehend how some Muslims do not have the will to turn off their phones before entering the prayer. Even though they are repeatedly reminded of this fact through posters, signs, and imams asking them to do so, they still seem to fail in this aspect. It is understandable that a person might forget to turn off the phone once in a “while†as we are all forgetful, but to do so every time and be careless about it only brings evil. I wonder what the reaction would be, if one was to offer an ounce of gold to these Muslims for each time they turn off their phone before prayer. I can imagine that they would hasten and would never forget, because it involves money and wealth. But how about something that is better than money and wealth? Your Salah! I advise myself and all of my Brothers and Sisters to put their phones on “silent†when entering the masjid. May Allah swt protect us from disturbing Muslims during the Salah, and protect us from having our Salah revoked due to our negligence. (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_slave-of-alrahman.blogspot(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_slave-of-alrahman.blogspot(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/[/url]
  11. Bisimillahi Alrahmani al-Raheem (In the name of God, the most beneficent, the most merciful) The memorization of the Quran (the direct words of Allah swt) is a wonderful act of worship that brings one closer to his/her creator. It raises one in status by Allah in this dunya (world), and in the hereafter. There are numerous benefits for the one who memorizes or is memorizing the Quran, which is out of the scope of this article. But let’s just take a look at one of these benefits in the following hadeeth: Al-Tirmidhi (2914) and Abu Dawood (1464) narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “It will be said to the companion of the Qur'an: Recite and rise in status, recite as you used to recite in the world, for your status will be at the last verse that you recite.†This hadith was classed as sahih by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al- Saheehah This means that the more you memorize, the more you will ascend into the heavens! Every now and then you hear an amazing story of one who memorizes the Quran. For example, one man set himself for memorization, and he finished the Quran in 50 days. This takes great courage and commitment, and shows you that anything can be done if you put your heart into it. Another story is of a grandmother “Umm Saalih†who memorized the Quran at age 82, her interview was narrated by Dr. Saleh al Saleh in the Ad-Da'wah Magazine. How do these people get the energy and will power to memorize in a short time, or in their weak age? Well, each person has their own story but generally there are points that need to be taken care of, if you really want to be a companion of the Quran. The list below is not exhaustive, but refers to some of these points: · - Intention: The most important element to any act of worship is the sincere intention. If this fails, anything after it will follow into failure. More importantly, you will bring the anger of Allah upon you, and in the day of the judgment you will be one of the losers. Make your intentions very clear and sincere for your merciful lord. And don’t just do it one time, repeat your intentions to clean any ills that may have been seeded in your heart throughout the process. · - Plan: When one goes to a trip, prepares for a degree, exam, marriage, and so on he/she plans for it. Similarly, you need to have a general set plan for your memorization, otherwise it will become very easy to put a side and forget all about your intentions and excitement. · - Memorization Companion: If it is possible, sometimes it may be a good idea (especially if you are a beginner) to have a partner who will help you review, memorize, and read the Quran. Both (or more) of you will help you encourage each other. · - Listening: Do not underestimate the power of listening to the Quran! I know people who memorize so much by just listening to a recitation repeatedly. Repetition will cause you to be a memorizer (see Review)! An example of this strategy is as follows: Listen to your favorite Sura at least once a day for one week, then see how easy it will be to memorize it from the book, compared to memorizing without ever listening to it. · -Use your Iphone, Androids, mp3s, etc…: Going back to the idea of listening – This can be enhanced by using your portable audio players. These devices can be used when you are riding in the bus, driving the car, or walking. In addition, these devices may also be used to download the Quran so that you will have the book everywhere you go. So use them to memorize and get reward for remembrance of Allah! · - Stop listening to other than the Quran: Here is the deal, if there is something else in your heart, it will compete with the Quran. If you listen to music, you will sing music. If you listen to nasheeds all day, you will be playing nasheeds in your head all day. But if you listen to Quran, you will be reciting Quran. And in fact, you will come to a point where you will be reciting Quran aloud, in your heart and in your sleep. Imagine remembering Allah with his words all day, and the unknown rewards that you will receive from this act. · - Review: Reviewing is just as important as the initial memorization. What is the point of memorizing if you are going to forget? The Quran needs to be repeated and reviewed, otherwise it will leave you. The prophet PBUH compared the Quran memorizer as an owner of a camel. If he keeps a hold of it, it will stay, but if he neglects it, it will eventually untie itself and leave. · - Act upon it: Imagine this scenario – a man/woman asks Allah swt to help him/her to memorize the Quran, but they do not act upon the verses that they memorize. They gossip about their friends, sin day and night, and neither pray nor fast. What do you think Allah swt feels about them? Let’s act upon what we memorize so we can be true companions of the Quran. · - Quran-O-Meter: I find it very encouraging to see the visual progress of memorization. A very useful tool that you can use is called “Quran-O-Meter.†This tool allows you to enter the number of Suras, verses, lines memorized and then it calculates the exact percentage memorized. Every time you add verses into your heart, you can see the increase of percentage (even if it is an increase of 0.5%.) It is another way of encouragement for your memorization. (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_quraanometer.ilmsummit(contact admin if its a beneficial link)"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_quraanometer.ilmsummit(contact admin if its a beneficial link)[/url] Furthermore, if you think that it is too hard to memorize because you are not a native Arabic speaker, then there is even a bigger reward waiting for you: al-Bukhari(4937) narrated from ‘Aa’ishah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The likeness of the one who reads Qur'an and memorizes it is that he is with the righteous honourable scribes. The likeness of the one who reads it and tries hard to memorize it even though it is difficult for him, he will have two rewards.†Finally, the Quran has around 6236 verses; and since in the beginning, we were discussing age and the period of memorization, let’s see exactly how long it will take us to memorize the Quran, if we follow these plans: · If you memorize 1 verse a day, it will take you 6236 days or 17 years to complete the Quran. · If you memorize 5 verses a day, it will take you 3.4 years · If you memorize 10 verses a day, it will take about 1.7 years · If you memorize 20 verses a day, it will take 312 days or less than a year May Allah swt make us one of the companions of the Quran, and raise us with it on the Day of Judgment, Ameen. “And We have indeed made the Qur'an easy to understand and remember: then is there any that will receive admonition?†Surat Al-Qamar-17 (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_slave-of-alrahman.blogspot(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_slave-of-alrahman.blogspot(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/[/url]
  12. Interesting Characters Seen During Prayer

    Asslamo alykom Brother writewight, I pray to Allah that he helps you and make your hardship turn into ease very soon. I also pray that he keeps you patient and rewards you for everything inshAllah. Jazaka Allaho khayr for your kind reply and for your advice!. during the silent prayer, i recite very soft with very silent whispers (but i think sometimes I fail to make them into whispers.) "shaafee probably say that nimaaz was not complete if the performers own ears did not hear what he said and hanafi hnbli maalki all stress that prayers be said in a voice audible to one's own ears" I did not know about this part, although I knew that one's tounge has to move as to recite the letters of the quran, jazaka allaho khayr! May Allah swt help us all perfect our prayer, ameen. MHB
  13. Interesting Characters Seen During Prayer

    Asslamo alykom, this is a short compilation of some of the funny personalities or characters that are seen during the prayer. This is not meant to make fun of the people who pray, but only to take a glance at the faults that we fall in during prayer, and to help correct them. They are not written in any specific order, enjoy. 1. Yawner: This one is one of the most common characters we see during the prayer. It usually starts once the Imam says “Allahu Akbar.†Extreme cases will yawn at least once every rakah, and will get contagious very quickly. 2. Foot-A-Phobic: This character is fairly common. They tend to have a phobia of feet. When you place your foot next to them as the prophet PBUH ordered, they remove their foot away. The more you keep going the more they move. Becarful or Soon after, you will end up doing the splits. 3. Mr. Itchy: Itchy is described as a scratcher who starts off upon the beginning of the prayer. Extreme cases will have jerky movements. Itchy may also be a yawner (see yawner.) 4. Tricky: you will not notice this one right away, hence the name tricky. This character will be looking around during his prayer. You will think he is looking at you, and you’ll almost say “Asslamo alykomâ€, Then suddenly he makes ruku as you move away wondering. 5. Impatient: Impatient has the tendency to want to go into the next step of the prayer before the Imam gives the cue. You will usually see them starting to go down into sujood before the imam goes, and if the imam takes longer than usual, they will hang in the air (between stand position and sujood.) 6. Sleeping Beauty: As the name implies, the sleeping beauty sleeps during prayer. This character is not seen much, but sadly it does happen. This one will catch you off guard when you see a body next to you (through peripheral vision) leaning forward as if falling. Sleeping beauty usually catch themselves before the fall. I am assuming a very rare number of them actually complete the fall. 7. Marathoner: This character starts and finishes two rakahs in less than 45 seconds. The sign of a marathoner is the similarity of doing sujood like a chicken pecking for food (symbolized by the prophet PBUH) 8. Funky: This character is described by a very funky smell, usually coming from socks and feet. The age group for funky usually stands between 8-20. 9. Vocal: During the silent prayer (ex. Last two rakah of Ishaa), vocal will let you know exactly what he is reciting and what Duaas he is saying. This is also relatively common, and some are very disturbing. 10. Sheesh-Kabab: The smell of kabab or other middleeastern foods will take off from this person’s Jilbab. Apparently this character was exposed to the heavy aroma at their home before coming to the masjid. Moral of the story: We are not perfect, but try your best to concentrate on the prayer, and don’t bother other Musaleen so that you both can get the full reward of prayer. The END (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_slave-of-alrahman.blogspot(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_slave-of-alrahman.blogspot(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/[/url]
  14. The Promise: Story Of The Salve Of Allah

    Asslamo alykom Brothers and Sisters, This is a short story written by one of the brothers about mankind, and how this life moves so fast. If there are any mistakes, about Islam or anything please let me know, because most events that are mentioned came from hadeeth and Quran. Wasslamo alykom MHB ---------------- The Promise: Story of the salve of Allah I was sent to my mother’s womb after establishing the covenant with Allah. I and all of my brothers and sisters from Adam, born and not born have all promised that we will not worship anyone but Allah. I have made a promise to Allah that I would follow the guidance and truth and keep my promise until I meet him again. I had no doubt that I would remain firm, steadfast, and strong on my word. I never thought of the tribulations waiting a head of me. Allah’s mercy embraced me in my first womb, my mother’s womb, my first grave. I was helpless to myself then, and was helpless when I was introduced to the world. I crawled, walked, and talked until I became sound and wise. By then the promise was long forgotten, but Allah who is merciful towards me reminded me of the promise. He showed me guidance, and didn’t abandon me in this world. I happily accepted it knowing for certain that this is the truth from the one who sent me here. How is it that I was placed here, and everything is provided for me? I didn’t make my eye, ears, nose, hands, my organs, and all of the countless blessing that I am even unaware of. I have to accept the guidance; otherwise I can only blame myself for any consequences. I thought that I would continue perfectly in this world and worship Allah with no partners. But I was regretfully unsuccessful in giving this matter its due respect. Sometimes I would take a glance at my mother, and the see the womb that I came out of. It would remind me of another day where I will come out of my second womb and stare at it. But even with this reminder, the slave of Allah sinned, disobeyed, and sinned some more. I moved slowly from a guided slave into a major sinner who disrespects the laws of Allah. I would even sometimes make minor shirk, yet I would remember and ask for forgiveness. Allah many times sent me reminders through his righteous slaves, and the Quran. Some of them were successful, and others failed to bring me back due to my sinful heart. Allah also gave me wealth, a partner, children, and saved me from many illnesses. Yet again I was a forgetful slave, and I never ever imagined that my second womb was a short time away. My soul that was so innocent in my first womb was separated from my body. I watched and listened as my family took me away. I saw the grave waiting for me, with its darkness and tightness. The body that I once treasured, admired, and used both to sin and do good is no more. How I wish that I can place my head on the ground to the creator, but I can’t anymore. My head will not move, I tried and tried, and I wished to tell everyone to not place me in the grave so that I can try to perform acts of worship. It was to my misery that I was in a perfect condition, able to make extra prayers to my creator, but the world was too attractive and time rapidly passed. To my misery, it was too late, as I heard their footsteps go away, and there I was, in a womb completely at the mercy of Allah, again. It was so dark, and I was so lonely. My partner who I loved has left me. The children who I adored are occupied in the world by their own affairs. My wealth cannot avail me, nor can it remove my sins. Then, before any other thought could instill me, two callers called my name. I was terrified and could not speak when I was asked some questions that I only heard about from the stories of hadeeth. “Who is you Lord?†they asked as I stood there not able to speak a word. I know my Lord is Allah, I thought to myself. I have worshipped him and claimed to love him, which I do, but does he love me? All of a sudden peacefulness instilled me, and I started to spell out the name Allah to the angels. My lord has not forsaken me yet, I thought. Allah has mitigated the way for me. “What was your religion? And who is this man you used to follow (your prophet)?†I was asked, while again not able to establish the thought in my head. I looked and did not know what to do, or say. But all of a sudden peacefulness again instilled me, and I started to spell out the name of the prophet Mohamed, and the word of Islam. Next, a frightening spot appeared before me, a spot from hell. They told me that this was my place in the hell fire had I been a disbeliever, and then they showed me my place in Jannah. Happiness struck my heart, and I could not wait to enter my place in Jannah. Sadly, I remembered all of my sins and the disobedience made against Allah, and I knew that a tough judgment is waiting for me Suddenly I heard unusual sounds from above. It sounded like heavy rain thudding against the ground and the earth shock me with a mighty shake. What is happening, I thought to myself, and before my thought cleared, strong light rays pierced through the top. To my shock I was looking at my arm, exactly as they were prior to the removal of my soul. Then, a strange force pushed me up the ground, like a seed establishing itself after it has found water. I looked at my grave that bore me for an unknown time. This was the promise from Allah, the resurrection. And as soon as I started to look around me, I could not believe my eyes. This is not the same world I have lived in, I thought. The sun was so close, and people were running around in terror as if they were drunk. Yet, some people had light irradiating from them and they looked very calm. I am not running like a drunk but I am a bit scared, I thought to myself. As I looked around and saw the numerous and amazing incidents, I started to be carried away toward Allah, toward my judgment. This it, I thought to myself while remembering the promise that I established with Allah; The promise that I will not worship anyone but him. The years of worship, playing, sinning will all be compiled in front of me. When I remembered these sins, fear struck my heart again. But suddenly a thought came to my head, “As for those who fear their Lord unseen, for them is Forgiveness and a great Reward.†To my amazement, this was Allah’s word that was taught to me by his grace in the world. As soon as the verse ended, fear was replaced by hope and the longing to meet Allah. Praise be to Allah who guided me to Islam, I thought in my heart as I was being lead; Knowing that the mercy of Allah today will be more than anything before, and will encompass everything.