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  1. 12 Ways To Maximize I'tikaf

    Some misconceptions on the Night of Power Does Laylatul Qadr start after Midnight? It is a big misunderstanding that Laylatul Qadr is in the middle of the night. Laylatul Qadr starts from Maghrib up until the beginning of fajr. Tahajjud prayer at night Regarding the Tahajjud prayer then it is a minumum of 2 rakat upto 12 rakat. It is recommended to do at least 8 rakah. In in Tahajjud prayer we should try to recite as much Qur'an as we have memorized possible for there is more reward reciting Qur'an in Tahajjud than on its own. What i find is a good way of praying Tahajjud is to darken the room which will help one pray with full humility. One should imagine Allah infront of them and watching them pray. One should try to overcome oneself with emotion and even cry. One can recite any surah constantly. Some pious predecessors used to recite Surah Ikhlas again and again or a certain verse that they found powerful. So when is Laylatul Qadr? Regarding when Laylatul Qadr is then most scholars agree it moves around within the last ten nights of Ramadan particularly the last odd numbered nights. Therefore if we want to catch it for sure then we should pray EVERYNIGHT in the last ten nights. If not then at least the last ten odd nights. If we can't do all the odd nights then as many as we can. If we still can't manage that then at least on the 27th night. The reason why it is hidden in the last ten nights is because Allah wants us to search for it by worshipping him sincerely in ALL 10 nights. The more effort we make to try to search for this night by worshipping as much as we can in the last ten nights then the more reward we will gain. So lets search for it and not just pray just on one night! Those of us who search for it properly in the last ten nights and pray therein with full sincerety hoping for reward can expect an entire lifetime of sins wiped out and over 83 years of worship reward. Subhaanallah! How generous is Allah? So let us not become complacent! Let us worship in EVERY night from now until the end of Ramadan or at least as many nights as we can. We should try not to sleep in the night in these last ten nights but if we have to then we should sleep and wake up at least 2 hours before Suhur ends. The best time for dua and prayer is the time just before Suhur ends. May Allah enable us to make the best of these blessed remaining nights. Ameen
  2. 12 Ways To Maximize I'tikaf

    The Reward of two Hajj & Umrah for observing I'tikaf: Ali Ibn Hussain (RA) narrates from his father that Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “He who observes the ten days I’tikaf during Ramadhan will obtain the reward of two Hajj & two Umrah.” (Bayhaqi)
  3. Is Marijuana An Intoxicant?

    Ted you have contradicted yourself on so many occassions already. You first posted this thread like you are unsure whether Marijuana was an intoxicant or not and as the thread went on and many people told you that it is an intoxicant you now all of a sudden seem to be more sure than ever that it does not intoxicate. What you have to realise is there is NO disagreement nor is there any debate amongst Botanists and Scientists regarding the fact that Marijuana is an intoxicant. On top of that ask the millions of people who smoke it whether it is an intoxicant or not. They would not smoke it if it did not intoxicate. On top of that MANY studies have shown and proven the link between Marijuana use and psychosis proves that it has many detrimental effects. Particularly on youngsters who take it before their brains are fully developed. I myself have grown up in a society where Marijuana is seen as "normal" just like tea and biscuits and i can tell you one thing for certain that it ruins lives, not only of those who take it but the familys and those involved with those who take it. I also know of people who had taken it once or twice and developed psychosis because of it and many others of whom have been effected mentally due to taking Marijuana. Marijuana also leads to more harder drugs. Then you state that hadith are not a credible source in Islam. This just proves without a doubt that not only do you not know anything about the effects of Marijuana, but that you are also very ignorant and arrogant to make such a heretical statement that has actually taken you out of the fold of Islam (if indeed you are a Muslim in the first place). So i urge you Ken to stop being narrow minded and ignorant and open your heart and learn about Islam properly under the guidance of a proper and reliable scholar, or at least read books written by proper and reliable scholars. Read and learn about the sciences of hadith and how they are authenticated because if you doubt hadith then you doubt the Qur'an as they were compiled by many of the same people who wrote hadith from the Prophet. On top of that we have chains of transmission to prove the authenticity of hadith and it is clear that you are unaware of the sciences of hadith. If you are unclear or have misconceptions about a particular matter then look it up properly before making such heretical conclusions which are so dangerous that it has taken you out of the fold of orthodox Islam. With regards to Marijuana and also read Medical journals on Marijuana and go out there and ask proper long term users with regards to how Marijuana has effected their lives because your statements prove that you do not live in this world if you truly believe what you have stated regarding Marijuana. Please see the following video where a specialist proves which proves the link between Marijuana use and cognitive impairment: Medical Marijuana Use Linked to Cognitive Impairment http://youtu.be/HZcRdmZAn04
  4. Wasting time is worse than death! Ibn Al Qayyim (Ra) says: "Wasting time is worse than death because death seperates you from this world whereas wasting time seperates you from Allah". Therefore we must make the best use of the precious little time we have left for death is waiting for us around each corner and it will take us very swiftly without delay. It will not wait for us to change tomorrow ore next week. It will take us when our time is up. So when will we decide to change? When it is too late? So we must act NOW before death takes us for we are gambling with our hereafter! In the next world we will beg Allah for one more chance but by then it would have been too late! Therefore let us make the necessery changes to our lives right NOW! For tomorrow may never come!
  5. Almighty Allah is al-Karîm He is the Most Generous, The Most Bountiful, The Most Esteemed, The Beneficent The One who is the most generous, both physically and spiritually. The One who is continually giving forth the grandest and most precious bounty. The One whose kind, noble and generous essence is most esteemed, valued and honored. The One who endlessly gives all manner of precious gifts, including support and refuge. The One who is eternally giving, even unto those who may not seem (to us) to be deserving. Even more so during this blessed month. But there is not long left so let us make the best of each and every precious second before it is gone and we may never see another Ramadan again!
  6. Ramadan Worship Checklist

    Use the Ramadan checklist in conjunction with the Ramadan worship routine: http://www.gawaher.com/topic/739210-daily-ramadan-worship-routine/
  7. Night Prayer of The Prophet Allah the Most Exalted ordered His Prophet to perform night prayer in the following: "O you who wraps himself [in clothing], Arise [to pray] the night, except for a little - Half of it - or subtract from it a little. Or add to it, and recite the Quran with measured recitation." [Noble Quran 73:1-4] And He said: "And from [part of] the night, pray with it as additional [worship] for you; it is expected that your Lord will resurrect you to a praised station." [Noble Quran 17:79] A'ishah said: "The Prophet (peace be upon him) would stand at night until his feet became cracked. I said to him: Why do you do this oh Messenger of Allah, while all of your sins past and future have been forgiven? He said: Shouldn't I be a thankful slave? " [Agreed upon]This proves that thankfulness is not only by the tongue. It is only done by the heart, the tongue, and the limbs. The Prophet (peace be upon him) established the duties of worship in the most complete manner, and in the most perfect form. He did all of this despite the fact that he had to spread the Islamic Aqidah, teach the Muslims, exert himself in the path of Allah, and fulfill the duties of his family and children. He was as Ibn Rawaha said: Among us is the Messenger of Allah reciting His book When the courtesy is separated from the morning, glowing. He showed us guidance after blindness, so our hearts Are full of certainty that what he said is reality. He spends the night separated from his bed When the beds are heavy with the idol-worshippers. Hudhaifa said: "I prayed with the Prophet (peace be upon him) one night. He started with Al-Baqarah, so I thought that he will make ruku after that. Then he started Al-Nisa' and recited it. Then he started Aal-Imran and recited it. He would recite slowly; when he came to an ayah with Tasbih, he would make Tasbih. When he came to a request, he would request. When he came to a seeking of refuge, he would seek refuge.. " [Narrated by Muslim] Ibn Mas'ud said: "I prayed one night with the Prophet. He continued standing until I thought of a bad idea. Someone said: What did you think of doing? He said: I thought to sit down and leave him! " [Agreed upon] Ibn Hajar said: "In this hadith is proof that the Prophet (peace be upon him) chose to prolong the night prayer. Ibn Mas'ud was strong-willed in preserving his emulation of the Prophet (peace be upon him). He did not think of sitting down until the prayer was much longer than he was used to." Night Prayer And The Early Muslims Imam Al-Hasan Al-Basri said: "I did not find any worship more powerful than salah in the middle of the night". Abu 'Uthman Al-Hindi said: "I was the guest of Abu Huraira for seven [days]. He, his wife, and his servant would divide the night into three parts, praying one part and staying awake for another part". When Shaddad ibn Aws would go to bed, he would be like a grain in a frying pan. Then he would say: "Oh Allah, hell-fire does not stop me from sleeping". Then he would stand to pray. Tawus would strongly awaken his family, then he would make wudhu and face the qibla until morning. He would say "The sleep of the worshippers has caused them to completely stop remembering the hell-fire!" Zum'a al-Abid would pray long hours of the night. When dawn would approach, he would raise his voice and announce: "Oh riders of the beds, are you going to sleep and waste away the entire night? Will you not get up and leave the bed!" He would then hear crying from one place, a person making du'a from another place, and someone making wudu from another place. When fajr time would come, he would say: "At the morning time, the people are thankful for the announcement" The levels of the early Muslims with regards to Night Prayer Imam Ibn-ul-Jawzi said: You should know that the early Muslims were at one of seven levels with regards to night prayer: Level one: These would stay up the entire night. Some of them would pray Fajr with the same wudu as 'Isha'. Level two: These would pray half of the night. Level three: These would pray one-third of the night. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: " The most beloved salah to Allah The Exalted is the salah of Dawud. He would sleep half of the night, pray one-third, and sleep one-sixth". [Agreed upon] Level four: These would pray one-sixth of the night or one-fifth. Level five: These would not specify an amount of the night. He would only pray until he became sleepy, and would then sleep. When he woke up, he would pray. Level six: These would pray two or four rak'ah. Level seven: These would stay awake between the two Isha times [the early time for Isha and the later, recommended time], and they would sweeten their mornings [with du'a]. This way, they would join the night and morning. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Indeed in every night is a time wherein if the worshipper asks Allah for something good, He will give it. And this is in every night." [Narrated by Muslim] Factors That Make Night Prayer Easy Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali mentioned some external and internal factors that make Night Prayer easy. External factors are four: That the individual should not eat or drink too much. Then sleep will overpower him, and waking up will be difficult. The person should not tire himself in the daytime with things of no benefit. He should not avoid the mid-day nap because it helps with regards to waking up. He should not make sins in the daytime because that will prevent him from night prayer. Internal factors are four: The heart should be free from these: malice towards the Muslims, bid'as, and excessive worldly interests. The heart should have a lot of fear and not too much hope. He should know the benefits of night prayer. The best motivation: Love of Allah, and having strong Eman that in his prayer every letter that he utters is freeing him from the punishment of his Lord. Source: http://www.fastramad...ght_prayers.php
  8. This Ramadan, Use Anger to Come Closer to Allah Ah, Ramadan. The month when the doors of the glorious gates of Jannah are wide open. The month when those hunger pangs bring us ever closer to our Creator. The month when wonderful words roll off our tongues. Umm, hold on a second. I get the part about the heavenly gates and the hunger pangs, but I’m confused about the wonderful words…? I don’t know if it’s just me but I seem to hear a lot of loathsome language during Ramadan. During this blessed month, the sneaky Shaytan is cuffed like a criminal, but then a new “monster” shows up in some of us: ourselves. With raging hunger and thirst awaiting us this upcoming Ramadan during the hot summer month of July, our emotions may bring out the worst of us. But they don’t have to. We can actually use these tough emotions to get closer to Allah by managing and even mastering them. Without a doubt, one of the toughest emotions to handle while fasting is anger. I get angry! So what? Well, the believer who is conscious of Allah is one who restrains their anger. Allah says in the Quran, “And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden whose width is that of the heavens and the Earth, prepared for the God-fearing. Who spend in times of ease and times of hardship and who restrain their anger and who pardon people. And Allah loves those who do good.” [surah Al-Imran: 133-134] We’ve all heard the advice the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, gave to a man who came to him. Abu Hurayrah relates that a man said to the Prophet (peace be upon him): “Counsel me.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Do not get angry.” The man repeated his request many times, but the Prophet (peace be upon him) kept saying: “Do not get angry.” [sahih al-Bukhari] When I first tried to understand this hadith, I thought, “How strange. After all, repressing anger is bad for you, right?” Wrong. I recently learned of research that shows expressing anger and “letting it out” can actually be bad for you both physically and mentally. “When people brood and ruminate about their anger, talk to others incessantly about how angry they are, or vent their feelings in hostile acts, their blood pressure shoots up, they often feel angrier, and they behave even more aggressively later than if they had just let their feelings of anger subside.” (Bushman et al., 2005; Travis, 1989) Anger first starts off like a dry stick with a little spark. And each subsequent angry thought is like throwing another stick, drenched in kerosene, into the burning pile. The fire just keeps getting bigger and bigger until it burns you. So how can we actually put out this anger flame and be those who restrain anger? Experts in anger management therapies will teach you the ancient advice to count to 10 or count to a 100, but we have something better that can bring us closer to Allah. When we’re feeling angry, we’re told to recite the ta’awudh, which is the prayer Muslims say to ward off Satan, “A’udhu billahi min ash-Shaytan ir-rajeem.” I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan. In addition to saying the ta’awwudh, you can try a distracting activity like making wudu or taking a walk. You can even change your physical position like the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, advised us to do: “If one of you gets angry and he is standing, then he should sit down until his anger subsides. If it does not, then he should lie down.” [sunan Abi Dawud] Changing our position helps us get out of that high arousal state that anger puts us in. A second way to use anger to come closer to Allah is through reframing. Reframing Ever notice how different a picture looks when you change the frame around it. You can go from a traditional, rustic look to a modern, contemporary design in minutes just by changing the outline. You can do the same thing with an angry thought or situation. Let’s say you get mad at the sister standing next to you in salah because she whispers very loudly. You can reframe that situation and think that maybe she is so focused on her salah that she doesn’t even notice that the disturbance she is causing. By the way, offering salah is a great reframing tool. It often gets you out of the angry situation and makes you realize how futile the fights of this world are. Putting a new spin to the angry story your mind perpetuates also helps you move away from taking things personally. Maybe that person who cut you off, as you’re on your way to iftaar at your friend’s, didn’t see you. Give people the benefit of the doubt. And then watch yourself come closer to Allah through anger. When Anger is Awesome Sometimes anger is warranted. For example, getting angry when Allah’s laws are broken is plausible. Getting angry at an injustice can also be good when it motivates you to right the wrong. But remember what Aristotle said, “Anyone can become angry-that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way-this is not easy.” So if you are going to express anger, remember to use the right words at the right time. Think carefully before you do or say anything so that you get the results you want. Moreover, using the ta’awwudh to calm down and distract yourself doesn’t mean you are brushing the problem under the rug. No. It merely cools your mind so that you can think intelligently about the situation at hand. The next time you get angry at iftaar time or during your fast, remember to say the ta’awwudh until you calm down. And then reframe the situation to get a better understanding of what’s going on. May you always use anger to come closer to Allah. Source:http://mentalhealth4...loser-to-Allah/
  9. Getting closer to Allah in Ramadan Almighty Allah says, 'Your Lord does create and choose as He pleases …' (Al-Qasas 28: 68) Allah is the Creator of everything visible and invisible. Everything in the heaven and earth belongs to Him and serves Him. Allah is also the Creator of time and space. As Allah chose some persons to be His Prophets and Messengers, and as He chose some places to become the sacred spots on this earth, similarly He also chose some time to become the sacred time. The sacred personalities teach us about Allah, His will, His rules and commands. The sacred places and times remind us about Allah’s special favors and blessings. In Islam we worship only Allah. We neither worship any person other than Allah, not any space or time. But certain spaces and times inspire us and motivate us to do good things. One of those important and sacred moments for us is Ramadan. It is a special month and a special time. Allah says in the Qur’an: 'The month of Ramadan is that in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, with clear signs for guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put you to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful. When My servants ask you concerning Me, I am indeed quite near: I listen and answer the call of every caller when he calls Me. Let them listen to My call, and believe in Me; so that they may be guided aright.' (Al-Baqarah 2: 185-186) The blessed month of Ramadan is a great time and a beautiful time as well. We thank Allah that He is giving us another occasion to witness this blessed time in our life. May He help us to benefit from this season of virtues and blessings and may He grant us His love, mercy and forgiveness now and forever, Ameen. Ramadan is a great month. This is the month of the Qur’an, and in this month is the Night of Qadr, which is better than one thousand months. Allah chose this month and a particular night in this month to grace humanity with His Final Testament, His Last Message, the Qur’an. The moment of this revelation became a sacred moment, and that time and month became an eternal time for us. Allah chose this time, and He has filled it with His countless blessings. In this month we have a greater urge and desire to do good deeds. This month becomes the month of virtues and blessings for us. This is the month about which the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “When the first night of Ramadan comes, the devils and rebellious jinns are put in chains and the doors of hell are closed, none of them remains open. The doors of heaven are open and none of them remains closed. And a caller calls, ‘O seeker of goodness, come forward, and O seeker of evil, desist. And Allah has many (in this month) who will be freed from Hell.’ This announcement is made every night." (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, Hadith no. 618) Ramadan is meant for our moral and spiritual training and for the purification of our bodies, minds and souls. This is an annual training program for all believers. It is a special time to get closer to Allah and to seek His blessings and bounties. It is a time to learn taqwa (God-fearing), piety, self-discipline and patience. It is a time to give more charity and become more generous. It is a time to seek Allah’s forgiveness and to forgive each other. It is a time to be thankful to Allah for His gifts and bounties and especially His gift of iman. I urge you, my brothers and sisters, do not miss any day of fasting and do not miss any moment of the blessed month of Ramadan. This is a very precious time and Allah will give us many benefits if we use it in the proper way. Let us keep the following things in our mind when we observe this month: 1. Intention: Remind yourself again and again that you are fasting in obedience to Allah. Be sincere in your intention. You want Allah to accept your fasting. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Whosoever fasts in Ramadan with faith and seeking Allah’s reward, all his past sins are forgiven.” (Al-Bukhari, Hadith no. 37) 2. Sunnah: Observe the Sunnah in fasting. Take the suhur meal a little before dawn and end your fast at sunset. As much as you can, try to fast as much like the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) fasted. There was no prayer better than his prayer and no fast better than his fast. Try to follow his way of fasting. That is the most acceptable way of fasting to Allah. 3. Wara` (Avoiding everything haram or makruh): Keep your body and mind very clean. Fasting is not just avoiding food and drink. Fasting is to learn how to avoid bad words and bad deeds. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Whosoever does not leave bad words and bad actions, Allah does not care if he leaves his food and drink.” (Al-Tirmidhi 641) 4. Qur’an: Fasting and revelation are inter-connected. Prophet Musa fasted when he received the Torah. Prophet `Isa fasted when he received the Gospel. Prophet Muhammad fasted when he received the first message of the Qur’an. Let us do the same thing. You must fast and spend more time with the Qur’an. Read the Qur’an every day. Try to finish at least one time the whole Qur’an during this month by your own personal reading. 5. Prayer or Salah, Du`a' and Dhikr: Pray on time and observe all the prayers. Do not ignore the Tarawih or Ramadan night prayers. Make more extra and voluntary prayers. Do as much worship as you can. Do more dhikr (remembering Allah) and du`a' (supplication) for yourself and for others. Repent and seek forgiveness for yourself and for others as much as you can. This is the best time for devotion and seeking Allah’s forgiveness. Seek the Night of Qadr by special devotion during the last ten nights of this month. 6. Zakah, Sadaqah and Generosity: Ramadan generates the spirit of giving and sacrifice. When we deprive ourselves of food and drink we understand and realize well what it means to be hungry and thirsty. We realize the pain of those who cannot find the basic necessities of life. Be very charitable and generous. Give more to help the poor and needy. Contribute generously to useful social and community projects. 7. Family: Goodness must begin at home. Be very good to your family, immediate family and the extended family. Spend more time and quality time with your family members. Try to have suhur (pre-dawn meal) together. Break your fast together and pray together as much as you can. Do this more at this time. Ramadan should bring you closer to each other. Allah’s special mercy comes on the families that are united, harmonious and peaceful. 8. Good Conduct: Fasting should transform you and should make you a different person. Try to be extra kind and courteous during this month. Forget your quarrels and disputes. Reconcile and forgive. Do not get involved in backbiting, lying, cheating and anything that is wrong. Be very good to Muslims and to all human beings. Be good to your friends and neighbors. Let your non-Muslim neighbors and co-workers know that this is your blessed and sacred time. 9. Tafakkur (reflection): Think, reflect and plan to improve the moral and spiritual condition of your own self and your family. Think about any wrong things and sins you might be doing and decide to correct yourself. Think about any deficiencies you have in your Islamic observances. Plan to change yourself. Think what you can do for the Ummah and for humanity to make this world a better place for everyone. Think about the life after death and the Day of Judgment. 10. Be cheerful and happy: Ramadan is not a time of mourning or sadness. It is a time of thankfulness to Allah. In a Hadith it is reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “When you fast, anoint yourself. Let not the signs of fast be seen on you.” (Al-Bukahri, Al-Adab al-Mufrad) Do not feel tired and miserable. Feel alert and relax. Take things easy. This time is for your own good. Give the greetings of Ramadan to each other and enjoy this beautiful time. It is reported in a Hadith that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) gave a sermon about Ramadan to a gathering that met towards the end of Sha`ban. He said: "O People, a great and a blessed month is approaching you. In this month, there is a night that is better than one thousand months. Allah has made fasting obligatory and prayers at night commendable during this month. Whosoever will do a voluntary good deed during this month, it is as if he performed an obligatory good deed at another time and whosoever will perform an obligatory good deed, it is as if he performed seventy obligatory good deeds at another time. This is the month of patience and the reward of patience is Paradise . This is the month of kindness. In this month the believer’s provision is increased. Whosoever will give food to a fasting person in this month, it will bring forgiveness for his sins, will save him from the hellfire and he shall have his reward while the fasting person will not lose any of his reward." (As-Suyuti, Ad-Durr al-Manthur) Source: Islamonline.net
  10. Tips for reciting more Qur'an during Ramadan: Splitting up what you recite of the Qur'an Rather than read 50 pages in one go try splitting it up. So read 5 pages before Fajr and 5 pages after. 5 Pages before Dhuhr and 5 pages after. Then for Asr the most precious time for worship is between Asr and Maghrib so you can read half a juz (chapter) or even one juz. Then recite 5 pages before sleep. In this way you have broken down all of your recitation into manageable chunks so you don't feel fatigued or overwhelmed. How to stay motivated A good way of motivating yourself is to think to yourself that outside of Ramadan we get 10 rewards for reciting each letter of the Qur'an. But in Ramadan all deeds are multiplied by 10 so you get a minimum of 100 rewards for each letter you recite. Subhaanallah. That is immense rewards! So everytime you get lazy or feel demotivated just imagine missing out on 100 rewards for each letter and think to yourself that this offer is only available ONCE a year for just 30 days. These rewards we will desperately need on the day of judgement as we will BEG others for just ONE good deed but no one will give it to us because they will also be in desperate need. So can we afford to miss out on 100 rewards for just one letter? Thats hundreds of thousands of rewards each day if we read a reasonable amount of Qur'an. Subhaanallah. So keep these rewards in your mind and whilst your reading imagine getting 100 rewards for each letter. That is just minimum Allah can reward MUCH more. Take regular breaks Throughout the day you will be taking a lot of breaks so as to not overwhelm yourself because it is important to have some "me" time. So you can relax or go for a short walk and clear your head or just relax and do dhikr. Meditation is very good for you and relieves stress. So meditating about the signs of Allah is a wonderful way to relax and at the same time gain immense rewards. Taking regular breaks will help to avoid burnout . You can read your favourite "halal" book lol. Go for a walk in the park to freshen your head. Call a good friend who havent spoken to for a while (remembering not to partake in idle talk), or just relax with family. By having regular rests we will be able to re-focus again on the task at hand. Overwhelming ourselves can do more harm than good as it may cause us to suddenly slip and fall and not be able to get back up again. So regular little breaks are very important.
  11. Make dua on the Last Third Of The Night after Tahajjud and before Fajr begins: Abu Hurairah (Ra) narrated that the Prophet (Salallahu alayhi wasalam) said: ‘In the last third of every night our Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer) (Allah) descends to the lowermost heaven and says; “Who is calling Me, so that I may answer him? Who is asking Me so that may I grant him? Who is seeking forgiveness from Me so that I may forgive him?.”‘ [sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith Qudsi] Amr ibn Absah narrated that the Prophet said: ‘The closest any worshipper can be to His Lord is during the last part of the night, so if you can be amongst those who remember Allah at that time, then do so.’ [at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa'i, al-Hakim - Sahih] The Prophet (Salallahu alayhi wasalam) said: ‘There is at night an hour, no Muslim happens to be asking Allah any matter of this world or the Hereafter, except that he will be given it, and this (occurs) every night.’ [Muslim #757] So let us make the best of this blessed time in the latter part of the night to worship Allah and ask of him for he will certainly answer our calls.
  12. We are a third of the way through already so there are only 20 days to go until this amazing opportunity comes to an end for another year! So let us grab what we can now!!!
  13. I’tikaf for women on menses: Scholars state that women on her menses can do I’tikaf at a designated place in her home. That way she can also perform her domestic duties at her designated room for I’tikaf for e.g. cooking, ironing etc. But it is best if she takes care of all her responsibilities so that she can devote as much time as possible to worship. She may not leave her designated room unless it is necessary. The same rules apply to women sitting I’tikaf as they do for men. She can do dhikr, Dua, listening to Qur’an recitation & read, learn & ponder over the words & meanings of the Qur’an.
  14. The reward of Taraweeh prayer like worshipping entire night: Abu Dharr (Ra) said: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever prays qiyaam – i.e., Taraweeh – with the imam until he finishes, it will be recorded as if he spent the whole night in prayer.”(Tirmidhi) Therefore in order to gain the reward like one prayed the whole night then the person should finish when the Imam finishes and not before then it will be like we worshipped the entire night!
  15. Something much better than having a servant: Fatime (Ra) complained to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) that she found it very difficult without any help. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) addressed Ali (Ra) and Fatimah (Ra) ‘Shall I not direct you both to something better than a servant? He (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "When you go to bed say: Subhaanallah. (Thirty-three times) Alhamdulillah. (Thirty-three times) Allaahu Akbar. (Thirty-four times) …for that is indeed better for you both than a servant.’ (Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi) Then recite: Laa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahu Laa shareeka lahu, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu yuhyee wa yumeetu wa huwa hayyul Laa yamootu, biyadihil khayr wa huwa alaa kulli shay'in qadeer There is no deity except Allah, the Only One. He has no partner. To Him belongs all kingdom and to Him belongs all praise. He is the One who gives life and death. And He is Ever-living and no death comes to Him. In His Hand lies all good and He has power over everything.
  16. Daily Ramadan Worship Routine

    What to recite when lying down in bed: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: ‘Whoever reads this when he lies down to sleep will have a guardian from Allah remain with him and Satan will not be able to come near him until he rises in the morning: 'Aamanar-Rasoolu bimaa 'unzila mir-Rabbihi walmu'minoon, kullun 'aamana billaahi wa malaa'ikatihi wa Kutubihi wa Rusulihi, laa nufarriqu bayna 'ahadim-mir-Rusulihi, wa qaaloo sami'naa wa 'ata'naa ghufraanaka Rabbanaa wa 'ilaykal-maseer. Laa yukallifullaahu nafsan 'illaa wus'ahaa, lahaa maa kasabat wa 'alayhaa mak-tasabat, Rabbanaa laa tu'aakhithnaa 'in naseenaa 'aw 'akhta'naa, Rabbanaa wa laa tahmil 'alaynaa 'isran kamaa hamaltahu 'alal-latheena min qablinaa, Rabbanaa wa laa tuhammilnaa maa laa taaqata lanaa bihi, wa'fu 'annaa, waghfir lanaa warhamnaa, 'Anta Mawlaanaa fansurnaa 'alal-qawmil-kaafireen. The Messenger believes in what has been send down to him from his Lord, and so do the believers. Each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. They say: "We make no distinction between any of His Messengers," and they say: "We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return." Allah burdens not a person beyond what he can bear. He gets reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned. Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error. Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us. Our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Protector, and help us against the disbelieving people. (Muslim 1/554) Also reciting the last ten verses in Surah Baqarah at night is said to ward away Shaythaan and calamities, illnesses, worries from ones home so ones whole family is protected that night. Those 10 verses are: The first four ayah’s of Surah Baqarah; Ayat ul Kursi and the two verses following it and the last three verses of the Surah.
  17. The Best Sale in the Universe is on Now! This is it. The best sale in the Universe is on NOW but it only lasts for 30 days each year so grab what you can now before it is too late!!! It is a forgiveness and good deed free for all like at no other time of the year!!! Opportunity of a lifetime! Imagine you were given an opportunity to go through a huge Supermarket and everything in store was 70% or more off. People would go crazy at such an amazing opportunity to grab the cheapest goods at ridiculous prices. This same sort of analogy applies to the blessed month of Ramadan but this sale is far better than any other and there are far more generous rewards up for grabs not only for the benefit of this world but most of all that which wiull benefit us for the rest of eternity. This is an opportunity to gain a lifetimes of forgiveness, immense rewards for even the smallest of deeds and Allah has made it easier for us to do good deeds in this blessed month! So we have a once in a year opportunity for just 30 days to grab as much forgiveness and immense rewards as possible aswell as freedom from the fire, entry into Jannah and best of all an opportunity to please Allah and get closer to him. Reward of 1000 months (83 years) and entire lifetime forgiveness in one night: There is a night in the last 10 nights of Ramadan where we have the opportunity to grab 83 years of worship reward and an entire lifetime of sins in just one night. It is none other than in the night of power (Laylatul Qadr). Summary of the special offers available in this blessed month only: Forgiveness for an entire lifetime of sins An opportunity to please Allah and get closer to him An opportunity to do more good deeds more so than in any other month EVERY Nawafil (Voluntary) prayer rewarded like a Fard (obligatory) prayer!!! Every Fard prayer rewarded like 70 fard prayers!!! Every letter of the Qur'an rewarded a minimum of 700 good deeds and double for those who struggle reciting who get minimum of 1400 for each letter!!! These are just minimum as EVERY good deed could be multiplied from 70 to 700 or more! Allah is most generous!!! Act fast as the sale ends soon! So come on what are you waiting for? GRAB as much forgiveness and as many good deeds as you can before its too late. This may be our last chance ever to have such an amazing opportunity as we may not be alive to see next Ramadan just as many others who thought they would be alive this Ramadan were taken by death. Surely on the day of judgement we will BEG each other for just one good deed but we will not be able to obtain any because we will all be in need on that day. So grab what you can now before its too late!!! Offer ends very shortly at the end of Ramadan!
  18. Ramadan Worship Checklist

    My Individual Plan for Ramadan At its very core, Ramadan is about a personal journey of reflection, introspection and worship. As it has been indicated in a Hadith Qudsi, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Allah (mighty and sublime be He) says: Fasting is Mine and it I who give reward for it. [A man] gives up his sexual passion, his food and his drink for my sake. Fasting is like a shield, and he who fasts has two joys: a joy whin he breaks his fast and a joy when he meets his Lord. The change in the breath of the mouth of him who fasts is better in Allah’s estimation than the smell of musk. Thus Ramadan is the only act of worship that is hidden between the individual and his/her Creator. God only knows whether an individual has kept his/her fast or not. Hence the key aspect to a successful Ramadan is to plan for it. As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Like anything that is done nowadays, a plan is essential. Like one plans on a weekly basis for work, it is essential that one plans for Ramadan. A plan should be comprehensive but at the end of the day it should also be realistic so as to ensure that you can follow it and do not become too disappointed if you are not able to fully stick to it. So the first thing in the plan is to actually write it down. You are more likely to follow it if it is written down and is in front of you every day. Ask yourself: What would I like to have achieved at the end of Ramadan? Where would I like to be in terms of my spiritual and personal development? What would I count as a success at the end of Ramadan? Once you have started to think about this, then it will help you then to devise some sort of strategy for Ramadan and answer the following questions: Spiritual perspective: How many times will I pray tarawih at the Masjid? How many sections of the qur’an can I read on a daily/weekly basis? How many times will I perform tahajjud / qiyam? Will I memorise any new surahs during this month? Will I read sections of the Qur’an in English? Will I pray in different Masjids during Ramadan in order to appreciate the sense of community within the Muslim community? Personal perspective: Will I try and be ethical in what I purchase and read? Will I try and avoid having negative thoughts? Perhaps I shall use a penny jar to put coins in every time I think of something negative which will be later given to charity. Intellectual perspective: What will I read this Ramadan? Will I learn about Islam and its history? Health Perspective: What will I eat this Ramadan? Will I aim to eat healthy in order not only to lose weight but also to be in solidarity with those people who do not have enough to eat? Community Perspective: Will I try and limit the use of the car and walk / use public transport in order to limit the pollution? Family perspective: How will I spend the time with my friends, family and loved ones? A wise man once said, ‘Between every stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In those choices lie our growth and happiness.’ Such is the meaning of profound spirituality . Close to the Quran’s light, its words and inspirations, we must comprehend the message: You are indeed what you do with yourself. You are responsible for the actions you take. Hence Ramadan is ultimately about developing a much more closer and personal relationship with God. Ramadan Mubarak. Amjad Saleem Source: http://www.paths2people.com/2011/07/31/my-individual-plan-for-ramadan/
  19. Those who had the habit of praying Tahajjud will enter Paradise: Asmaa binte Yazeed (Ra) narrates that The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “On the day of resurrection, the people will be gathered upon one plain field and an announcer will proclaim saying, “Where are those who separated their sides from their beds? A little amount of people will stand up. They will enter paradise without reckoning, and then it will be ordered that the remaining people be taken to reckoning”. [baihaqi] The Tahajjud prayer can be prayed After Isha but is best to pray it after sleeping and then awakening in the third part of the night before Fajr begins. It is between 2 - 12 Raka’ahs. Then let us try to and the habit of praying Tahajjud especially during this blessed month and be of those who will enter Paradise without reckoning!
  20. Make dua on the Last Third Of The Night after Tahajjud and before Fajr begins: Abu Hurairah (Ra) narrated that the Prophet (Salallahu alayhi wasalam) said: ‘In the last third of every night our Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer) (Allah) descends to the lowermost heaven and says; “Who is calling Me, so that I may answer him? Who is asking Me so that may I grant him? Who is seeking forgiveness from Me so that I may forgive him?.”‘ [sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith Qudsi] Amr ibn Absah narrated that the Prophet said: ‘The closest any worshipper can be to His Lord is during the last part of the night, so if you can be amongst those who remember Allah at that time, then do so.’ [at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa'i, al-Hakim - Sahih] The Prophet (Salallahu alayhi wasalam) said: ‘There is at night an hour, no Muslim happens to be asking Allah any matter of this world or the Hereafter, except that he will be given it, and this (occurs) every night.’ [Muslim #757] So let us make the best of this blessed time in the latter part of the night to worship Allah and ask of him for he will certainly answer our calls. .
  21. Marijuana - Then will you not end it? Bismillahirahmaniraheem Taking Marijuana, pot, skunk, weed, hash, draw, whatever you want to call it, has become quite common amongst the Muslim youth in particular. Many go on to continue taking it for decades and even for life. Regarding the status of Marijuana in Islam then the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) informed us: "Every intoxicant is prohibited." (Sahih al-Bukhari, no. 4088) And he also said: "That which intoxicates in large quantities is prohibited in small quantities." (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and others, with a sound chain of narrators) Therefore it is clear that all drugs are Haram due to the fact that they intoxicate a person in one way or another. One loses the ability to think and reflect in a proper manner, and that is intoxication. Intoxication linked to psychosis It is a typical excuse that shaythan gives to a user of intoxicants such as marijuana that it does not affect them in anyway and that they will still be able to function normally etc. But that is a great deception of shaythan who wants the user to continue taking intoxicants so that he can go further away from Allah. As well as his deen suffering the user of Marijuana also loses out in this world as his education, family life and work suffer as a result of this evil habit. Not only does he suffer spiritually and physically but also mentally as it is now scientifically proven that Cannabis is linked to psychosis aswell as many other psychological defects. The user of intoxicants may think that they are fine right now and that they will never end up suffering such mental problems but research indicates that the longer the user takes it then they increasingly risk deterioration of their mental and physical health. Not only does cannabis use cause many psychological defects but it destroys ones ambitions, determination and zeal, so a person ends up living everyday just for the next charge or "buzz". What a worthless existence. Losing this world and the hereafter to intoxication Intoxication is very detrimental to ones life in this world and the next. If a person were to die in such a state then they would in effect have ruined their Hereafter. So not only will one lose this world by using such a substance but the worst thing is they will also lose the hereafter. What a loss that would be! That person would ask of Allah: "Oh Allah please i beg of you send me back to the Earth just one more time so that i can do things better. This time i know the truth and i will obey your commands to the best of my ability". But it will be said to that person "NO! You were given your chance yet you ruined it so now you will have to face the consequances of your actions." Imaan (faith) cannot stay in the same body as intoxication All Intoxicants are a test for mankind just like the apple was a test for Adam (As). When a person intoxicates themself then Imaan (faith) cannot remain in the same body as Imaan. Therefore when a person intoxicates themself then imaan (faith) comes out of the body and hovers over their head. This means that a person who is intoxicated does not have imaan until they are sober that is if Allah wills. Imam Rabbani (Ra) described this as a contagion of disbelief where a Muslim who commits a major sin like intoxication and dies without repentance has died in a type of disbelief. Not in the same way as a disbeliever but it is still a type of disbelief as they died without imaan. Imam Suyuti (Ra) states that intoxication is one of the major sins where a person may die in disbelief. One opinion of some scholars is that a person who does die in such a way may not even smell the scent of Paradise although the majority of scholars agree that a believer who dies without repentance from a major sin lik intoxication may go to Jannah some day if Allah wills but it may be after a very long time in Jahannam but they will certainly have a bad death and the grave punishment as well as a terrible time on the day of Judgement where people will be scorched so much by the sun which will be so close that they will be drowning in their own sweat! Is it worth risking losing the Hereafter over a short buzz? We cannot even spend a second in such a terrible place as Jahannam so how will we cope in there for eternity? We struggle in temperatures of 90 degrees F but what about thousands of degrees? How will we cope in such a place where we will be fuel for the fire? The way a person dies that is the way they will be raised up therefore a person who dies whilst intoxicated will be raised up intoxicated and Allah will not even look at him but ask the angels to throw him into the fire. What a disgusting way to enter the worst of places - Jahannam. A true dogs death. So can the one who intoxicates themselves guarantee that they will not die whilst they are intoxicated? We all have a 50 % chance of dying at any moment therefore when one is intoxicated then they are actually taking a 50% risk of eternal doom. Is it really worth it for a short and pointless artificial buzz? You can be the judge of that... Intoxication - A vile act Allah has described intoxicants amongst other things as being appalling, despicable and hateful acts of Satan and he has commanded us to abstain from them, Allah thereafter states in the next verse: - Satan’s plan is to sow hatred and enmity amongst you with intoxicants and gambling, and to hamper you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. Will you not give up? (5:91) Ibn Majah reported from Abu Hurairah (Ra) that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “An addict of intoxication is like a worshipper of an idol.”.” Subhanallah what a strong statement to make of a person who intoxicates themselves. The Prophet described such people as idol worshippers. What a terrible way to live ones life being classed in such a way. Is this then not enough to make us want to stop indulging in such vile and evil acts? The time to give up is NOW, for tomorrow may never come! Therefore there is NO time to waste. How long have we got until we will face Allah for the choices we made in this life. we ONLY have this one chance so how can we ruin it? How can we sacrifice this petty short life for ETERNITY OF BLISS? What a foolish person who would choose this life over the next. How can one choose a few years over an eternity? Remember the choices we make now will affect our lives in this world and our eternity in the next. Therefore let us forget the past now and repent sincerely to Allah with utter remorse and with firm resolve NEVER return to such an evil act again and one will find Allah most merciful. Move away from bad company! Let us move AWAY from those who indulge in such acts as they are NOT our true friends. They may be with us now whilst we are committing evil but as soon as they have a better offer then they will be gone. Such people will cause our destruction in this world AND the next. The company of such people is poison; just even sitting and talking with them will lead one to commit sins. Just as a person who sits for a long time with a perfume seller begins to smell nice, and a person who sits by a gutter cleaner begins to smell awful, similarly a person who spends time in the company of the wicked eventually gets affected badly by them. Rather, we should seek out pious friends who fear Allah taala and who have the qualities of humility, charity, compassion, modesty and knowledge. If we sit with them we will always benefit and they will be a means for us to get closer to Allah taala! The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “The case of the good companion and the bad companion is like that of the seller of musk and the blower of the bellows (iron-smith). As for the seller of musk, he will either give you some of the musk, or you will purchase some from him, or at least you will come away having experienced its good smell. Whereas the blower of the bellows will either burn your clothing, or at least you will come away having experienced its repugnant smell.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] Remember: “All friends will be enemies of one another on that Day (Day of Judgment) except those of the virtueous.” (al-Qur’an 43:67) Use your time wisely Rasulallah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) urged us to use our time in a useful way when he said: “Grab five things before five others: your youth before your old age, your health before your illness, your wealth before your poverty, your leisure before your work, and your life before your death.” (Al-Hakim) He also indicated that we are to be asked about these times and how we invested them in the judgment day. Rasulallah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “A servants two feet will not move on the Day of Judgement until he is questioned about four (things): His youth, how he spent it, his knowledge, how he acted upon it, his wealth, how he earned it and how he spent it and his body, how he used/wasted it.” ( Al-Tirmidhi) Make the best of your youth Worship in ones youth is the best worship that one can do in ones lifetime and this is because of the fact that this is the time that one will have the most desires and this is the time when one has passion, drive, determination and energy. So this is the time we should spend pleasing Allah NOT our enemy shaythan who ONLY wants the worst for us! We should be doing those actions which will benefit us forever and NOT wasting our time in useless talk or hanging around with bad friends, taking intoxicants and ruining our hereafter. Uthman (Ra) said: "Allah gave you this world so that you may seek the Hereafter with it, not for you to desire it." The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "This world, in comparison with the world to come (The hereafter), is the same as if one of you were to put his finger in the ocean.?Consider how much (water) you would have (on your finger) when you pulled it out." (Muslim) We want to be of those who are raised on the day of judgement as one who spent their youth in the worship of Allah and not as those who wasted their youth chasing after their desires. What an utter loss that would be. We would regret it forever. So we can still change things if we take action NOW! But if we continue as we are then we only risk ruining our hereafter for this petty meaningless life. He also said: "Wise is he who controls his desires & prepares for the life which starts after death, and wretched is he who makes himself a slave to his desires and has false expectations of Allah". (Tirmidhi) Then will you not end it? Therefore there is NO doubt that Drugs and alcohol are totally forbidden in Islam. They ruin people’s lives physically, mentally, morally and spiritually. So one will be the loser in this world and the next. If you think that a person who continues to intoxicate themselves will have peace, blessings, contentment and happiness in their lives then you are very much mistaken and decieved. Wake up and realise that you are risking eternity of torture for this useless and evil habit. The buzz of being the closest to Allah and pleasing him surpasses any buzz that can be achieved in this life. So feel the pure buzz of being close to Allah and leave this evil habit lest you regret it FOREVER! Choose NOT this life but the Hereafter: The Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, "O Allah! There is no life worth living except the life of the Hereafter... (Bukhari) Finally Allah has questioned the user of intoxication: “Then, will you end it?” May Allah save us from that which will be detrimental for us and enable us to go towards that which will benefit us in this world and the next. Ameen Very good talk on intoxication by Sheikh Ahmed Ali - part 1 - Download other parts to:
  22. Maximize Ramadan with the following threads: Ramadan Worship Checklist: http://www.sunnimedia.co.uk/media/forums/100464477-Ramadan-Worship-Checklist.pdf Daily Ramadan Worship Routine http://sdrv.ms/MAzgm9
  23. A 10 second Dua that will reward us into the trillions! Just making a simple dua in this blessed month for the whole Ummah from Adam (As) until the last Muslim on Earth and we can gain rewards that are unimaginable. Subhanallah how generous is Allah who looks for every excuse to reward his slaves!
  24. Countless Rewards for Every Letter Recited of the Qur'an!!! Ramadaan is the month of the Qur'an so what better time to recite the noble Qur'an as much as is possible and at the same time get one can get into the habit of reciting the Qur'an for the rest of the year inshallah. In normal times outside of Ramadaan there is 10 rewards for every letter that one recites of the Qur'an: Rasulallah (Pbuh) 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 the blessed month of Ramadhan ALL good deeds are multiplied: The Prophet peace be upon him said: “Whoever draws near to Allaah during it (Ramadaan) 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. Therefore can you imagine how many rewards one can gain for every letter one recites of the Qur'an in this most blessed of months? COUNTLESS REWARDS!!! So let us not waste a second for it may be our last! Let us get reciting and gain unimaginable rewards inshallah!