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  1. Help Save Lies in Afghanistan!

    *Your donations are providing life-saving, clean Water for children & families across Afghanistan* 80% of the population including 93% of children do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. One Nation teams are on the ground distributing Water tanks in trucks across Afghanistan. And whoever saves a life, it will be as if they saved all of humanity."(Qur'an;5:32)."The Prophet ﷺ said: "The best charity is to give Water".(Ahmed) www.1Millionlitres4Afghanistan.com If tonight is Laylatul Qadr then each £1 is like donating for over 83 years! *100% Donation policy - Sadaqah, Zakat - PayPal* OneNationUk.org - Reg Charity No:1156200
  2. *Give Water & Help Save Lives in Afghanistan* Over 40 Years of war has resulted in 80% of the population not having access to safe drinking water. 93% of children live in areas of unsafe water. One Nation teams are on the ground in Afghanistan distributing safe clean Water tanks to the neediest areas. Your donations can provide: £100 - 26,000 litres - 2 Full Water tanks £50 - 13,000 litres - 1 Full Water tank £25 - 6,500 litres - Half a tank £12.50 - 3250 litres - Quarter of a tank The Prophet ﷺ said: "The best charity is to give Water". (Ahmad) Almighty Allah says: "Whoever saves a life, it will be as if they saved the whole of humanity" (Qur'an 5:32) Please donate whatever you can as these are the best days of the year to give in charity: http://1Millionlitres4Afghanistan.com *100% Donation policy. Zakaat, Sadaqa - Paypal accepted* OneNationUk.org - Reg Charity No: 1156200
  3. 5 Things To Do On Laylatul Qadr

    Life-Changing Ramadan Reminder: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Whoever prays on Laylatul Qadr out of faith and sincerity, shall have all their past sins forgiven,” (Bukhari)
  4. 5 things to do on Laylatul Qadr So valuable is this 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. We should strive to stay up at least on the odd numbered nights of the last ten days. If we can't manage that then let us pray at least on the 27th night. If one prays on all of the last odd numbered nights then there is more chance that one may have caught this most powerful night and the reward is of over 83 YEARS OF WORSHIP! Subhanallah! Most will not even live upto that age! It is a night that we CANNOT miss out on so here is how we can maximise this blessed night: 1. Recite the Qur’an abundantly Az-Zuhri used to say upon the coming of Ramadan, “It is only about reciting the Qur’an and feeding the poor.” Abdur-Raziq said, “When Ramadan came, Sufyan Ath-Thawri would give up all acts of (voluntary) worship and devote himself to the recitation of the Qur’an.” Laylatul Qadr is the night the Qur'an was revealed so we should spend much of the night reciting it for we will gain 700 hasanah or more by reciting each letter! 2. Strive to gain forgiveness One should strive and do their utmost to gain the mercy of Allah especially in the odd numbered nights of the last ten days. If one leaves Ramadan without gaining the mercy of Allah then surely they are the most unfortunate ones and are the biggest losers in this world and the next. The main Dua for Laylatul Qadr is the following: Aisha (Ra) said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah: 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?' He said: 'Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.' “ "Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee" (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi). Gaining forgiveness on laylatul Qadr Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger 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). We should sincerely repent for past and present sins with the intention of not repeating them again and ask of Allah Ta’aala to help us prevent ourselves from doing them again and ask Allah to perfect our characters and to help us improve ourselves in everyway possible. 3. Do much Superogatory Prayers (Nafil) Rabi'ah ibn Malik al-Aslami reported that the Prophet sallallahu alehi wasallam said: "Ask (anything)." Rabi'ah said: "I ask of you to be your companion in paradise." The Prophet said: "Or anything else?" Rabi'ah said: "That is it." The Prophet sallallahu alehi wasallam said to him: "Then help me by making many prostrations (i.e., supererogatory prayers)." (Muslim) 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. In this most blessed month of Ramadhan all good deeds are multiplied by 70 or more. Every Nafil one prays one will gain the reward of a Fard Salaah and every Fard Salah is the reward of 70 Fard salaah. Subhanallah what other time of the year is this possible? NONE! So let us make the best of these precious seconds and pray as many Nafil prayers as is possible! Here are some Nawafil prayers we can pray on Laylatul Qadr: 1. Two Rakat after performing Wudu (Ablution) Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said to Bilal (may Allah be pleased with him): “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 (may Allah be pleased with him) 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.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)” 2. Tahajjud 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 rakats. [Hindiyya, quoting Fath al-Qadir] 2. Its optimal recommended amount is 8 rakats, because this was the general practice of the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions). [Hindiyya, quoting Fath al-Qadir] 3. Lengthier recitation is superior to a larger number of rakats prayed. [Durr al-Mukhtar, Radd al-Muhtar] 4. It is recommended to start the night vigil with two short rakats, because of the hadith of Abu Hurayra that the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, "It you get up for night prayer, start with two short rakats." [Muslim, Ahmad, Abu Dawud] Ibn Mas`ud (Allah be pleased with him) was asked, "I cannot pray at night." He said, "Your sins have prevented you." 3. Salaatul Tasbih This is a very rewarding prayer that we should pray on each of the odd numbered nights. Ibn al Mubarak says: “The tasbih prayer is a greatly desired act and it is desirable that one should punctually observe it and never neglect it. How to perform this Salaah ‘Ikrimah reports from Ibn ‘Abbas that the Messenger of Allah said to ‘Abbas ibn ‘Abdal-Mutalib: “O ‘Abbas, O Uncle, shall I not give you, shall I not present to you, shall I not donate to you, shall I not tell you ten things which, if you do, Allah will forgive your first and last sins, past and present sins, intentional and unintentional sins, private and public sins? The ten actions are: pray four rak’at, reciting in every rak’ah al-Fatihah and a surah. And when you finish the Qur’anic recitation of the first rak’ah, say, while standing, ‘Subhanallah, al-hamdulillah, wa la ilaha illallah, wa Allahu Akbar‘ ['Glory be to Allah. All praise is due to Allah. There is no God except Allah. Allah is the greatest.'] Fifteen times. Then make ruku’, and while you are in ruku’, say the same ten times; then stand, and say the same ten times. Then go down and make sajdah, and while you’re in sajdah, say the same ten times. Then sit after the sajdah, and say the same ten times. Then make sajdah, and say the same ten times. Then sit after the second sajdah, and say the same another ten times. That is seventy-five [repetitions of the phrases] in each rak’ah. Do that in each of the four rak’at. If you can pray it once a day, do so. If you cannot, then once every Friday. If you cannot do that, then once a year. And if you cannot do that then once in your life. “ 4. Increase in Dhikr (Rememberance of Allah) We should glorify Allah night and day, especially in the last odd nights. Here are some easy and very beneficial Dhikr and glorification we can do throughout the last ten odd nights: 1. Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee 2. Subhanallah 3. Alhamdulillah 4. Allahu Akbar 5. Laa ilaha ilallah 6. LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH 7. Asthaghfirullah 8. SUB-HAN'Allah HIL AZEEM 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: 11. Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer One can also recite the durood that one recites in one's Salaah or a Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim 5. Make much dua We should be very busy in Dua as much as we can especially in the last 10 odd numbered. Allah Almighty 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 duaa is so high to Allah, that the Prophet(Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim) had said: "Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than du`a." [sahih al-Jami` no.5268]. Almighty Allah also said: "The most excellent worship is du`a." [sahih Al-Jami` no. 1133] Therefore let us devote much of the night of Qadr in dua asking of Allah for his mercy and forgiveness for all of our past sins and making firm intentions to Allah that we will change for the better and strive to become closer to him as well as make our deen a FULL part of our lives and not just a little part of our life as Allah says: Allah tells us In the Qur'an to enter fully into our deen and not partly: O believers enter into Islam completely and do not follow the footsteps of Shaitan, surely he is your clear-cut enemy.... (Surah Al-Baqara, Ayah 208-210) So then will we not make Islam a FULL part of our lives? This is our best opportunity and if we don't take it and death comes to us then surely we will regret it for ETERNITY! And Allah knows best in all matters
  5. Help Save Lies in Afghanistan!

    *Your donations are providing life-saving Water for Afghanistan:* 93% of children in Afghanistan live in areas where there is unsafe drinking water. One Nation teams are on the ground distributing Water tanks in trucks throughout Afghanistan. Almighty Allah says: "And whoever saves a life, it will be as if they saved all of humanity. (Qur'an: 5:32). "The Prophet ﷺ said: "The best charity is to give Water".(Ahmed) www.1Millionlitres4Afghanistan.com If tonight is Laylatul Qadr then each £1 is like donating for over 83 years! *100% Donation policy - Sadaqah, Zakat - PayPal accepted* OneNationUk.org - Reg Charity No:1156200
  6. *Important reminder - Dates for fasting 9th & 10th Muharram 2022* Fasting the Day of Ashura (10th of Muharram) gains forgiveness for an entire year's sins: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Fasting the day of ‘Ashura’ I hope Allah will expiate thereby (erase sins) for the year that came before it.” (Muslim: 1162) The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Next year, if Allah wills, we will fast on the 9th day.” But by the following year he had passed away. (Muslim: 1134) It's recommended to fast 9th as well as 10th or 10th and 11th Muharram. Ibn Hajar (Ra) said this is to differ from the Jews who also venerate this day & to be sure of fasting the day of Ashura due to differences of the exact start of Muharram. Imam Ahmed (RA) recommended fasting all 3 days which is best. If not then the 9th & 10th or 10th & 11th. If not then at least on the 10th. *Dates for fasting the 9th & 10th Muharram 2022* 9th Muharram - Sun 7th Aug *10th Muharram (Day of Ashura)* - Mon 8th Aug 11th Muharram - Tues 9th Aug Fasting the White days: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) commanded us to fast for three days of every month; that is on the days of the full moon; the 13th, 14th, and 15th (of the lunar month).’ (An-Nasa’i and At-Tirmidhi) 13th Muharram - Thurs 11th Aug 14th Muharram - Fri 12th Aug 15th Muharram - Sat 13th Aug May Allah enable us to keep these fasts and to fast throughout Muharram and the entire year in order to get closer to him. Ameen
  7. Making life changes for the New Year Bismillahirahmaaniraheem In the name of Allah most gracious most merciful Reflecting over the past year There are no prescribed celebrations for the new year in Islam, however, it’s always good to take such occasions as opportunities to reflect on how well (or badly) we have performed over the past year, in terms of dunya (wordly life) and akhira (the hereafter), as well as what we want to achieve over the coming year. When reflecting back, if we see that we were successful in achieving lots of good deeds and doing good works, then say “Al-Hamdulillah!” and ask Allah for more in the coming year. However If like me you see otherwise, then ask Allah for forgiveness and start a new sheet with the new year promising yourself to do better, inshaAllah. The World in Three Days It is reported from Al-Hasan Al-Basrî – Allâh have mercy on him – that he said: The life of this world is made up of three days: yesterday has gone with all that was done; tomorrow, you may never reach; but today is for you so do what you should do today. Al-Bayhaqî, Al-Zuhd Al-Kabîr p197. So it is a wonderful time for reflection and to better ourselves. To start a new clean fresh sheet. Forget the past now but let us take lessons from it so that we can do better in the present. The past does not matter as it is gone. The future does not matter as much as it is not certain we will see the future but what matters is NOW. That we make the best of now and every second we have left. The Angel of Death has been Assigned to You! It is narrated that ‘Uthmân b. Áffân – Allâh be pleased with him – said in a sermon: Son of Adam! Know that the angel of death who has been assigned to you has not ceased to pass you and move on to others, ever since you have been in this world. But it is as if he is about to pass someone else and move on to target you, so be careful and prepare for him (by correcting your deeds). And do not forget him, for he does not forget you. And know o son of Adam, if you are heedless about yourself and do not prepare, no one else will prepare for you. You must meet Allah the Mighty and Majestic, so take for yourself and do not leave it to someone else. Peace be on you.Abû Bakr Al-Daynûrî, Al-Mujâlasah wa Jawâhir Al-Ílm 2: 73, 74. A New beginning So let the new year be a new beginning for us. A new fresh start. Let our goals, desires and ambitions be that of the hereafter for that is all that should matter to us. If we chase the this world then it will go further away from us. But if we chase the hereafter then we will gain both this world AND the hereafter - Thats 2 in 1. So let us chase that which will last forever not that which can end at any second. Let us internalise these changes and prepare our minds so that we may embrace a life where we strive to get closer to Allah and do everythinhg we can to please him. We will all trip and fall for that is human nature, but we should get into the habit of asking Allah for forgiveness for he loves it when we ask of him and beg of him for mercy. He loves to forgive. He waits for his slaves to ask of him so that he can forgive them. He looks for every excuse to forgive us. What a merciful lord he is. So let us turn to him. Let us make our goal the hereafter. Do we not want to see the face of Allah in Jannah? Surely we should crave to see his beautiful face for ONLY the believers will be able to see. Not evern the angels have seen the face of Allah. That pleasure is reserved for the believers. Subhanallah. The higher our Paradise the more we will be able to see Allah each day. The Meeting with Allah in Jannah - Very emotional https://youtu.be/ukBX2TvfyQE Can you imagine seeing Allah each and everyday? But we will only be able to do so if we get to the higher ranks. For that we will have to work hard in this world. But what is working hard for a few years compared to an ETERNITY OF PLEASURE? Wise are the words of the one who said ... "I expect to pass through this world but once; any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." Give preferance then to Eternity over this temporary existence The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "He who loves his worldly life will harm his Hereafter. And he who loves his Hereafter will harm his worldly life. Give preference then, to that which is eternal (The Hereafter) over that which is temporary". (Ahmed) Focusing on our main goals everyday Surely then from now on our goals must be to live for the hereafter which is eternal. To live everyday pleasing the one who created us and yearning to meet with him in Jannah. This is what should motivate us each day and what we should live for. This is what should drive us to make the best of each second that we have left. Hamid al-Qasyrasi (rahimahullah) said: “Though we know death is certain, we have not prepared ourselves for it. Though we know paradise is definite, we have not worked for it. Though we know the hell fire is certain, we have not feared it. So why are you delighted? What are you waiting for? Death is the first visitor from the Almighty bringing good or evil tidings… so get closer to your Lord!” Change your life forever. Watch and reflect over these amazing short clips: The Goodly Life - A must see https://youtu.be/Lokub_9tQxk Oh that i regret http://youtu.be/GGnAxOlA2Dg Repent and choose a life devoted to Allah - Very touching https://youtu.be/or2KUaOV8jw Soul touching Qur'an recitation https://youtu.be/YWObWp1Crh
  8. 20 Sunnah's To Do On Eid

    The Night of Eid and Sunnah's of Eid al-Adha https://muwasala.org/2015/09/23/the-night-of-eid-and-sunnas-of-eid-al-adha-2/
  9. 20 Sunnah’s to do on Eid 1. To awaken earlier than usual 2. To brush the teeth with Miswaak 3. To have a bath (Ghusl) 4. To be dressed in one's best clothes (Doesn’t necessarily have to be new) 5. To be dressed modestly in an Islamic manner. Note: Care should be taken that we do not incur debts or transgress the limits of modesty regarding the clothes we purchase and wear on Eid day as is seen in many Muslim communities of today. Many of our brothers are seen with unsuitable haircuts and inappropriate clothing and many of sisters are seen dressed provocatively attracting unwanted attention and the gaze of strange men upon them. What would happen if we were to die in such a state? Therefore we should adopt modesty in every aspect of our lives particularly the way in which we dress. 6. To use Attar (Perfume) 7. To perform the Eid prayer at the Eidgah (An open ground) 8. To avoid eating before Eid-ul-Adha prayer and to eat an odd number of dates or anything sweet before Eid ul Fitr prayer. 9. To go to the place of Eid prayer early 10. To walk to the place of Eid prayer (If it is within walking distance because every step is reward) 11. To read the “Takbeerat” on the way to Eid-ul-Adha prayer loudly and on the way to Eid-ul-Fitr prayer silently: “Allaahu Akbar Allaahu Akbar Laa ilaaha illallaahu Wallaahu Akbar walillaahil hamd” (Allah is the greatest; Allah is the greatest; there is no god but Allah; Allah is the greatest; Allah is the greatest; and to Allah belongs all praise.). 12. To use different routes to and from the place of Eid prayer 13. To frequently recite the takbeer's throughout (Loudly for Eid Ul Adha and softly for Eid ul Fitr) 14. To pray the Eid-Ul-Fitr prayer later and the Eid-ul-Adha earlier. 15. To pray the two rak’ahs Waajib Salaatul Eidain without any Adhaan (call to prayer) or Iqaamah 16. It is Mukruh (disliked) to pray Nafil (voluntary) prayers before or after the Eid prayer but Sunnah to pray two rak’ahs Nafil prayer upon reaching home. 17. To give the Sadaqatul fitr (Compulsory charity) before praying the Eid prayer. 18. The khutba (Arabic sermon) of both Eids are Sunnah but to listen to them is Wajib (Compulsory). It is totally prohibited (Haraam) to walk around, talk or even read Salaah whilst the khutba is in progress. 19. To shake hands and hug one another on happy occasions like Eid is Mubaah (permissible). The general principle of a Mubaah act is not to regard the act as compulsory so one should not regard the meeting on the day of Eid as compulsory and an inseparable part of the occasion. 20. To greet one another with the following greeting: Jabyr ibn Nufayr (Ra) said: 'When the companions of Allah's Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) met on the day of Eid, they would say to each other: 'Taqabal-Allahu minna wa mink (May Allah accept from us and you)." [Al Mahamiliyyat; hasan isnad; see Fath ul Bari 2:446]
  10. Help Save Lies in Afghanistan!

    *Give Generously on the Best Day of the Year & Best the Day of Week & "The Best Charity is to Provide Water". (Ahmed)* Over 40 Years of war has resulted in 80% of the population & 93% of children without access to safe clean drinking water. One Nation teams are on the ground in Afghanistan distributing fresh, clean and safe Water in tanks to the neediest areas. Help save lives & for every life saved it will be as if you saved the whole of humanity: "And whoever saves a life, it will be as if they saved all of humanity. (Qur'an: 5:32). *Over Half a Million litres raised so far* http://1Millionlitres4Afghanistan.com *100% Donation policy - Sadaqah,Zakat - Paypal accepted* OneNationUk.org - Reg Charity No:1156200
  11. A Message From The Grave For Those Who Will Witness The 10 Days Of Dhul Hijjah
  12. 4 things to do on the Blessed 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah Dhul Hijjah is the sacred month of Hajj. So blessed are the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah that according to a large group of commentators of the Qur’an, Allah swears by these 10 days in Surah Fajr: Allah the Most High & Exalted says: By the Dawn; By the ten Nights; (89:1-2) This oath substantiates the greatness and sacredness of these ten nights in the eyes of Allah. This is an extra ordinary oath; it is very reliable and significant and the wise men can understand that by this oath, Allah too attaches great importance and value to the ten nights of Dhul Hijjah. The Prophet (Sallahu Alaihi Wassalam) has said regarding these Blessed days: "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days." The people asked , "Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?" He said, "Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out, giving himself and his wealth up for the cause (of Allah), and came back with nothing." (Reported by Al-Bukhari) It is clear then that these 10 days possess tremendous blessings and excellence. Therefore we should spend these 10 blessed days & nights in intensive worship & virtuous acts. Therefore we cannot possibly afford to miss out on such immense rewards otherwise we will definitely be in utter regret in the Hereafter! The following are recommended acts to do during the blessed 10 days and Nights of Dhul Hijjah: 1. Fasting the 9 days of Dhul Hijjah: It is recommended to fast on the first nine days of Dhu’l Hijjah, especially the 9th which is the blessed day of Arafah. Allah’s Messenger (Salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) encouraged us to do righteous deeds in the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah; and indeed fasting is one of the best of deeds. Almighty Allah says, “All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it.”’ (Al-Bukhari) Note: The 10th of Dhul Hijjah is the Day of Eid ul Adha and is prohibitively disliked and sinful to fast on this day. Forgiveness for 2 years of sins (Minor sins) for fasting on the day of Arafah: Abu Qatada (Ra) related that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Fasting the Day of `Arafah (f: 9th of Dhu’l Hijjah) expiates for two years, one prior and one forthcoming. And fasting the Day of `Ashura (f: 10th of Muharram) expiates for the past year.” [Muslim, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i, and Ibn Majah] Therefore we should try our utmost to fast all the blessed 9 days of Dhul Hijjah particularly the 9th oh Dhul Hijjah which is the day of Arafah. If not then we should at least fast as many as we can possibly can as we may not get this opportunity again next year as life is uncertain and we should never procrastinate on doing good actions. Tip 1: Eat light & hydrate well: If you will be staying up until Fajr, then the more you eat, the harder it will be for you to stay up and the less productive you will be! Keep some water with you at all times. This will help you stay up, feel energised and refreshed and have a clearer mind. 2. Reciting Tasbeeh, Tahmeed, Tahleel & Takbeer abundantly: It is Sunnah to recite takbeer (Allahu-akbar), tahmeed (Alhamdulillah), tahleel (Laa ilaaha ill-Allah), and tasbeeh (SubhanAllah) during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. These words should be recited abundantly in the masjids, homes, streets and in every place where it is permissible to remember & glorify Allah. ‘That they may witness things that are of benefit to them (reward of Hajj in the Hereafter and also some worldly gain from trade), and mention the Name of Allah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice). (22:28) Reciting the Takbeeraat-e-Tashreeq from the 9th to the 13th of Dhul Hijjah: Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahil Hamd. Translation: "Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest. There is no deity besides Allah and Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and all praises are for Allah only." It is Waajib (compulsory) for men to recite the above after every Fardh Salaat from Fajr of the 9th of Dhul Hijjah until Asr of the 13th of Dhul Hijjah audibly. Women should recite it silently. Tip 2: Remember & Glorify Allah no matter what you are doing: This is particularly easy as one can remember Allah anywhere and at anytime whether it is during work or any daily activity. 3. Doing the Qurbani (Sacred sacrifice of a livestock Animal): The Qurbani is the sacrifice of a livestock animal during Eid ul-Adha. It is the Sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim (As). It is a means of getting closer to Allah. It is obligatory upon every sane adult who is not a traveller and can afford it (Wealth equal to or more than nisab). It is performed on the days of sacrifice which is the 10th, 11th or 12th of Dhul Hijjah. One may sacrifice a thousand animals on days other than these, but it will never be regarded or considered a Qurbani. Therefore the Qurbani is a sacred act which can only be done during the 3 days of Dhul Hijjah as specified. Regarding the Qurbani, Allah says in the Qur'an: "It is not their meat, nor their blood, that reaches Allah, It is their piety that reaches Allah" (22:37) The Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) says regarding the Qurbani: “There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Qurbaani than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Judgement with its horn, hair, and hooves (to be weighed). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with an open and happy heart.” (Tirmidhi V1 pp275, Ibne Maajah V1 pp226) Tip 3: Doing Qurbani is very easy nowadays: Doing Qurbani during the days of sacrifice is a means of getting closer to Allah and gaining immense rewards. Nowadays it is much easier for us to fulfil this sacred act by the mere click of a button over the internet where we can buy an animal to be sacrificed on the various established Muslim charity websites. 4. Doing more good deeds than usual: The Prophet (Sallahu Alaihi Wassalam) said: "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days (Dhul Hijjah)." (Bukhari) Therefore we should increase the amount of good deeds we do in order to take advantage of this blessed time where good deeds are increased significantly. Tip 4: Complete all tasks beforehand & do not waste this precious time: Make arrangements to clear as many of your pending tasks as possible or make a plan for tackling them later. This way, one is free to worship during the 10 days and nights without being distracted by worldly tasks. We must make a firm intention that during these blessed 10 days, we will not take part in idle talk, watch TV, play computer games or spend time on the social media. There are 355 days in the year for all that – if you really cannot resist. This is just 10 days! There will be indeed an utter loss and regret for those of us who waste these blessed 10 days. The following 7 deeds are amongst the best actions we can do during these blessed 10 days: 1. Reciting the Qur’an abundantly: Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” So increase your recitation of the Qur’an to gain these merits, and to gain the following merit as well. (At-Tirmidhi) So if one letter of the Qur'an is equivalent to ten good deeds then imagine how much reward there is for reading each letter during these blessed 10 days which are said to be the best days of the year! Subhanallah! 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) Therefore let us recite as much of the Qur’an as we can during these 10 days and nights and aim to finish at least one Qur'an if we can. After that we should continue reciting the Qur'an throughout the rest of the year, for there is no better worship of Allah than to recite the Qur'an! Note: It is also very relevant to read the story of Ibrahim (As) which will give one a deeper understanding of the rituals of Hajj & the Qurbani. 2. Showing exemplary character: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Nothing will be heavier on the Day of Resurrection in the Scale of the believer than good manners. Allah hates one who utters foul or coarse language.” [At- Tirmidhi]. So we must aim to be the best in character during these blessed days and nights and continue to do so for the rest of the year. We must not argue, swear, backbite, slander or gossip. 3. Giving much to charity: As the rewards of doing good deeds during these days are increased significantly then we should also give as much as we can in charity. Allah promised forgiveness of our sins if we give in charity and give to the poor and needy. He honoured our charity and described it as a “ beautiful loan to Allah “ to emphasise that we are doing something good that He loves, and that He himself will pay our loan back to us doubled: "If ye loan to Allah a beautiful loan, He will double it to your (credit), and He will grant you Forgiveness: for Allah is Most Ready to appreciate (service), Most Forbearing." At-Taghabun 64:17 4. Respecting & honouring our parents: Islam teaches us that of the most beloved deeds to Allah, having respect for one's parents is second only to that of prayer and is greater than that of fighting in His cause. It is narrated on the authority of Abdullah bin Mas'ood (Ra), who observed: "I asked Allah's Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) which deed was the best." He (the Holy Prophet) replied: 'The Prayer at its appointed hour.' I (again) asked: "Then what?" He (the Holy Prophet) replied: 'Kindness to the parents.' I (again) asked: "Then what?" He replied: 'Earnest struggle (Jihad) in the cause of Allah.' I refrained from asking any more questions for fear of annoying him. (Sahih Muslim: 120) 5. Doing many Nawafil (Superogatory) Prayers: Rabi'ah ibn Malik al-Aslami reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu alehi wasallam) said:"Ask (anything)." Rabi'ah said: "I ask of you to be your companion in paradise." The Prophet said: "Or anything else?" Rabi'ah said: "That is it." The Prophet sallallahu alehi wasallam said to him: "Then help me by making many prostrations (i.e., supererogatory prayers)." (Muslim) The following are Sunnah & Nawafil prayers to pray during the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah: - Pray 12 Raka'ahs of Sunnah daily: - 2 Sunnah of Fajr, 4 Sunnah & 2 Sunnah of Dhuhr & 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 & night, to seek pleasure of Allah.” (Muslim) - Salaatul Duhaa: - (Can be prayed from 20 minutes 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 & pray Salaatul Duhaa. If not then we can pray it anytime before midday. 'Salat al-Dhuhaa consists of 2 - 12 Rakaats & 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) - 4 Sunnah, 2 Sunnah & 2 Nawafil 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 & four rak`ahs after it, Allah will shield him against the Hell-Fire.” (Abu Dawud & At-Tirmidhi) - 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) - 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 Masjid, he should pray two rak`ahs before sitting.” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim) - 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)” - Tahajjud prayer: (The Night Vigil prayer) - Can be prayed straight after Isha up until the break of Dawn 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 Most virtuous Nawafil (Voluntary) prayer is the Tahajjud prayer as it enables one to get closer to Allah (glorified and exalted be He). It can be prayed after Isha’ until just before Fajr begins. The best recitation of the Qur’an is done during Tahajjud prayer. You should recite as much of the Qur’an as you have memorised. In the long prostrations, beg Allah (glorified and exalted be He) for forgiveness and mercy and surely He will never turn away his slaves who beg of him during this prayer. Note: During the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah we should aim to pray Tahajjud every night. If not then we should pray it in as many nights as we possibly can. When fasting during the first 9 days of Dhul Hijjah one should awaken a little earlier for Suhur, make Wudu & pray between 2-12 Raka'ahs of Tahajjud. The last third portion of the night is the most blessed part of the night in which Dua's are more readily accepted during this time. So by praying Tahajjud it gives us the best opportunity to get closer to Allah & to make sincere Dua, repenting for our sins past & present & to beg, cry & ask of Allah for whatever we want. 6. Increase in glorification & remembrance of Allah: As his creations we should all remember & glorify our creator as much as we possibly can, but even more so during these blessed days: The following are some easy and very beneficial Dhikr and glorification we can do throughout these Blessed Days and Nights: - Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahil Hamd - Subhanallah - Alhamdulillah - Allahu Akbar - Laa ilaha ilallah - LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH - Asthaghfirullah - SUB-HAN'Allah HIL AZEEM WA BI-HAM'DIHI, - 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 - 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 One can also recite the durood that one recites towards the end of one's Salaah or the shortest durood: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim 7. Making much Dua: 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 duaa is so high to Allah, that the Prophet(Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim) had said: "Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than du`a." [sahih al-Jami` no.5268]. Almighty Allah also said: "The most excellent worship is Du'a." [sahih Al-Jami` no. 1133] We should busy ourselves in Dua during these 10 blessed days and nights particularly on the night and day of Arafat which is the 9th of Dhul Hijjah. Duas are also readily accepted during fasting, especially just before Suhur ends and just before breaking the fast. Tip 5. Making life changes: We should make the necessary changes to improve ourselves as Muslims and what better time to make such changes than during these blessed 10 days where we can change our lives forever. We must internalise these changes and make a firm commitment to Allah (glorified and exalted be He), and maybe that he will wipe off our sins until we become newborn babies, In sha Allah. Finally: Therefore let us make the best of these blessed days and make the necessary changes so that we may live a life devoted to Allah. We should aim to rectify our condition and live for the Hereafter rather than living for this world which can end at any second for any one of us. Allah tells us In the Qur'an to enter fully into our deen (Way of life) and not partly: O believers enter into Islam completely and do not follow the footsteps of Shaitan, surely he is your clear-cut enemy.... (Surah Al-Baqara, Ayah 208-210) So then will we not make Islam a FULL part of our lives? This is our best opportunity and if we don't grab it now and death comes to us then surely we will regret it for ETERNITY! Surely there is no logic in putting all of our efforts into a short, temporary life which can end at any second and neglect that which will last forever. Knowing this then why do we put everything into this life and neglect the Hereafter? Time is passing us by and we are blinded by the deception of this life. Time is not on our side. This life is very short indeed. It is like a quick passing phase. It is a short stopover in our journey to the eternal Afterlife. This short life is our only one opportunity to build our Hereafter. In the Hereafter we will want to be taken back to this life in order to live it again so that we can worship Allah. But we will not be able to. So let us prepare for the Hereafter and our inevitable death before preperations are made for our funerals. May Allah enable us to make the best of these blessed days and Nights and make it a means of our success in this world and the Next. Ameen
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  15. Being Heedless about the Blessed Days of Dhul Hijjah: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “There are no ten days during which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these days (meaning the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah) They said: Not even striving in the cause of Allah? He said: Not even striving in the cause of Allah, unless a man goes out with himself and his wealth and does not bring anything back.” [Bukhari] Sheikh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn (Ra) said: "Righteous actions, including fasting, in the (first) ten days of Dhū al-Ḥijjah are more beloved to Allāh than righteous actions in the last ten days of Ramaḍān. Yet the people are heedless of the ten days of Dhū al-Ḥijjah. They pass and the people are upon their normal ways. You find no increase in reading the Qur'ān or other types of worship, rather some of them are even stingy with the Takbīr." [الشرح الممتع ٤٧٠/٦] Therefore how can we afford to be heedless and negligent of such blessed days that are better than any other day of the year including the days of Ramadan? Surely we do not want to be of the utterly regretful in the Hereafter when we realise that we missed out on immense rewards that would have benefitted us forever, but instead we wasted this valuable time on fruitless pursuits. So we must grab this most valuable opportunity with both hands and realise that nothing else right now matters more than worshipping Allah and pleasing him the most during these blessed days. So let us put aside any distractions at least until Eid, and focus on maximising these blessed days that are only short in number and will soon be over.
  16. 7 Good Deeds For The Day Of Arafat What Is The 'Day Of Arafat'? The day of Arafat (or Arafah) is the 9th day of the month of Dhul Hijjah on the Islamic calendar. It occurs near the end of the Hajj pilgrimage as pilgrims stand on the plain of Arafat to perform prayers, supplications, and acts of worship. Allah perfected the religion of Islam for Muslims on the day of Arafat. It is also the day on which the Prophet (PBUH) delivered his last sermon usually referred to as his Farewell Sermon (in Arabic: Arabic: خُطْبَةُ الْوِدَاع‎, Khuṭbatu l-Widāʿ), in which he affirmed the sanctity of human life and the abolition of racism. This sermon included the Verse of the Perfection of the Religion (in Arabic آیَة إِکْمَال الدِّيْن‎, Āyat Ikmāl ad-Dīn): "This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion." (Surah Al Ma'idah, 5:3) In normal years, over 2.5 million pilgrims or more visit the plain of Arafat during Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia. This represents the finale and climax of the Hajj journey, the pilgrims' most important ritual. Abdu Rahman ibn Ya'mar reported: The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him) said: "The Hajj is Arafat. Whoever reaches the night of Arafat before the rising of the sun at dawn the next day, has completed his pilgrimage." (Sunan al-Nasa'i) The Prophet compared Arafat Day to a day of celebration (Eid). While it is not technically Eid, it is a celebration since it marks the end of successfully completing the annual Hajj journey. It should be a joyful moment, as well as a time of reverence and dedication. 'Uqbah ibn Amir reported that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), said: "The day of 'Arafat, the day of sacrifice, and the three following days (tashriq) are our celebration for the people of Islam. They are days of eating and drinking." (al-Tirmidhi Blessings of Arafat Day A Release From Hellfire Arafat is one of the most auspicious occasions in Islam because Allah SWT releases more Muslims from Hellfire and forgives more sins on this day than on any other. Arafat is one of the greatest days to strive in worship, good actions, and especially to enhance our supplications for this reason (Dua). Aisha (May Allah Be Pleased With Her) reported that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), said: "There is no day upon which Allah frees more of his servants from the Hellfire than the Day of Arafat. He draws near and then he praises them to the angels, saying: What do they want?" (Muslim) Dua On Arafat Day Is Accepted There are countless instances of Muslims expressing how the dua they made on Arafah day altered their lives completely. The Prophet's (PBUH) companions would prepare the dua they would make on that day from the previous year, indicating how essential it is to them and to Allah SWT. Even if you are not completing Hajj on this day, you can still benefit from the power of Dua (supplication). As said by the Prophet (PBUH) in this Hadith: "The best supplication is the one made on the Day of Arafah." (Tirmidhi) The most vital point is to truly believe that Allah SWT will answer your duas made on that day, no questions asked. Make sure to include all your wishes on that day, while fasting if you can, and to devote some time before starting and then breaking your fast to make dua. Fasting On That Day Erases Sins Fasting on Arafat day is advised for those who are not attending the Hajj pilgrimage, as a way of expiation and cleansing from sin. Fasting itself holds a great position in the sight of Allah SWT, so, imagine fasting on a blessed day like Arafat? In a Qudsi Hadith, Allah SWT says: "All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it." (Bukhari) According to Abu Qatadah, a man approached Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and asked, "What is your opinion about fasting on Arafat?" The Prophet (PBUH) responded: "It will expiate the sins of the previous and upcoming year." (Muslim) The Best Deeds To Do On Arafah Day In order to make the best of Arafah, we should concentrate our efforts to do as many good deeds as we can. These efforts can take the shape of: 1. Fast Never miss fasting on Arafah's Day, unless you are unable to. All your sins from the previous year and the next year would be removed if you fast for one day in the name of Allah SWT. If you cannot fast, still make the intention that you would have fasted if you could, and try to feed a fasting person that day so that you can get the same reward insha'Allah. It was narrated that Zayd ibn Khaalid al-Juhani said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Whoever gives iftaar (i.e. gives enough to drink and eat to satisfy the fasting person) to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest." (At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Maajah) 2. Engage in Dhikr and Dua as much as possible Saying Tahleel: Laa ilaaha ill-Allah (There is no god but Allah), Takbeer: Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest), and Tahmeed: Al-hamdu Lillah (All praise is to Allah) is among the best you can say throughout Arafat Day. Amr ibn Shuayb reported that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: "The best supplication is that which is made on the day of Arafat. The best of it is what was said by myself and the prophets before me: la ilaha illa Allah wahdahu la sharik lah lahu al-Mulk walahu alhamd wahu alaa kulli shay' Qadir" (Sunan al-Tirmidhi) You should also make lots of dua for this life and the hereafter. 3. Give Out Sadaqah (Charity) and Zakat (Obligatory Almsgiving) You can give out Sadaqah or Zakat online through lots of charitable organizations or you can choose to give to people in need who live near you. Asking the local mosque about whether they collect Zakat is also a good idea. 4. Ask For Forgiveness As you make dua, make sure to ask Allah SWT for forgiveness for all of your shortcomings, mistakes and sins you have committed, whether consciously or not. 5. Show Gratitude to Allah SWT Take some time to ponder upon all of the blessings that Allah SWT has showered you with, as well as the difficulties, challenges and tests that have allowed you to grow closer to Him. Show gratitude to Allah SWT by doing the other deeds listed here, and be helpful to those around you. You can also make a list of things you can be grateful for - this is a practice that can be done everyday, and has been shown to help with feelings of anxiety, depression and negativity. 6. Offer Extra Prayers Your priority should be to make sure that you pray your five obligatory prayers on time, and that is the most important you can do to fulfill your obligations towards Allah SWT. If you can, also offer extra, voluntary prayers to increase your good deeds and grow closer to Allah SWT in those special moments of worship. 7. Read the Quran Reading the Quran will bless your day and bring you closer to Allah SWT by reciting His Holy words. Read as much as you can from the Quran on that day and try to also comprehend what you're reading and reflecting on how you can apply those teachings into your life. To conclude, Arafat Day is one of the greatest days of the year in Islam. It marks and celebrates the completion of the Hajj journey and carries so many blessings nd virtues even for those who are not completing their pilgrimage. All Muslims come together on this day in remembrance of Allah, The Almighty. During this time, we should boost our good deeds, Salah, and Dua. If we are unable to be on Arafat, we should fast the day in honor of Allah SWT. If we are on the plain of Arafat, we should conserve our energy for worship and make as many duas as possible for our future selves and the whole Ummah. Source: https://studioarabiya.com/blog/7-good-deeds-for-the-day-of-arafat
  17. 7 Good Deeds to continue after Ramadan Ramadan is a beautiful month which only comes once a year. It is only due to the mercy and blessings of Allah that doing good acts during this month becomes so much easier for us than it would be throughout the rest of the year. It is during this blessed month that Allah enables us to become more conscious of him so that we can get closer to him. We also feel closer to our families and a sense of unity with our Ummah as a whole. Ramadan is a month of training for us so that we may become doers of good and refrain from evil throughout the year. Each and every year this blessed month helps to train us to become better Muslims. But now that Ramadan is over are we going to continue doing the good we acquired from it or are we going to go back to the way we were before it started? Therefore we must continue to do the following Good deeds after Ramadan: 1. Praying obligatory Salaah: Many of us did not pray our Salaah before Ramadan but during the blessed month we found it easier to pray. There are also many of us who did not pray all of our prayers before Ramadan or we delayed our prayers and did not pray on time. But If there is just one thing that we could take from Ramadan then it must be that we continue to pray all of our Salaah on time. This is because Salaah is the most important obligation that we must fulfil in our daily lives. We cannot continue our lives without praying our Salaah otherwise we are not fulfilling the purpose of our lives. Allah says: "I have created the jinn and humankind only for My worship" (Qur'an; 51:56) We will not be successful in this life or the next without praying our Salaah. The first thing we will be questioned about is our Salaah: The Prophet (SallallahuAlaihi Wasallam) said, “The first thing that a person will be questioned about is his prayers.” (Tabarani) If we fail to answer this question then we will fail in fulfilling the purpose of our lives. Missing Salaah intentionally is so serious that it is tantamount to disbelief: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "What lies between a man and disbelief is the abandonment of prayer." (Muslim) There will be many Muslims in Hell who did not pray their Salaah: And Allah says of the people of Hell (interpretation of the meaning): “ ‘What has caused you to enter Hell?’ They will say: ‘We were not of those who used to offer the Salaah (prayers)’ ” (Qur'an;74:42-43) Therefore we must fulfil the purpose of our lives and pray our Salaah. The very minimum each and every Muslims must do is to pray the Salaah. Not to pray the Salaah is tantamount to disbelief. Imagine if we were to die now and we were of those who did not pray their Salaah then how would we answer to Allah when we are questioned about our Salaah? Ramadan is the perfect time for us to establish our daily Salaah on time so we must not stop praying after Ramadan. We do not know which second we will die so in order to prepare for the inevitable we must pray all our Salaah. 2. Reciting the Qur'an: Many of us left the Qur'an on the top shelf throughout the year which eventually gathered a film of dust over it. When Ramadan came we picked up the Qur'an and blew off the dust and began to recite it again. This is because reciting the Qur'an was easier for us during Ramadan. But what a great loss it is to neglect the book of Allah throughout the year. We are not only missing out on immense rewards but we are missing out getting closer to Allah. How can we expect to connect our hearts to Allah when our hearts are not connected to his book? We are also missing out on receiving intercession from the Qur'an on the Day of Judgement: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) says: "Recite the Holy Qur’an as much as you can for It will come as an intercessor for its reciter’ on the Day of Judgement" (Muslim) The Reciter of the Qur'an will be in the company of Angels: ‘Aa'ishah (Ra) related that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Indeed the one who recites the Quran beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. As for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have twice that reward.” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim) There are Ten Rewards for Every Letter Recited from the Quran in normal times but in Ramadan these rewards are multiplied: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allaah, he will have a reward, and this reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that 'Alif, Laam, Meem' (a combination of letters frequently mentioned in the Holy Quran) is a letter, rather I am saying that 'Alif' is a letter, 'Laam' is a letter and 'Meem' is a letter.” (At-Tirmidhi) According to a Hadith in Bukhari and Muslim to which Ibn `Umar (Ra) added that one of the people of whom it is permissible to envy is: "(And) a person to whom Allah has given the Quran and who recites it night and day.. Subhanallah! each and every one of us should aspire to be such a person. We envy the rich and famous but such people are not even worthy of being envied. Therefore we should strive to be of those who's hearts are connected to the Qur'an to the extent that we recite the Qur'an day and night and crave for it like we crave for food and drink. During Ramadan we were able to pick up the Qur'an and recite it again. Therefore we must not put it back on the top shelf as soon as Ramadan is over. We must bring the book of Allah into our daily lives. Let us make a target of reciting a certain amount of the Qur'an daily. Whether it is 1 chapter or half a chapter or even a page or two each day. As long as we continue to recite something from the Qur'an daily. But we must never neglect it again! 3. Fasting: Fasting is a way of helping us to be able to control our desires. It is a way of getting closer to Allah because we refrain from our greatest desires solely for his pleasure. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) "Every (good) deed of the son of Adam would be multiplied, a good deed receiving a tenfold to seven hundredfold reward. Allah, the Exalted and Majestic, has said: With the exception of fasting, for it is done for Me and I will give a reward for it, for one abandons his passion and food for My sake. " (Muslim) Know that fasting will also intercede for us on the Day of judgement: Rasulallah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Fasting and the Qur’an will intercede for the slave on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting will say: “O My Rabb! I prevented him from food and desires, so accept my intercession for him.’ And the Qur’an will say: “I prevented him from sleep during the night, so accept my intercession for him.’ He (Sallallahu `Alaihi Wasallam) said: ‘And they will (be allowed to) intercede.’” (Ahmad, at-Tabarani, Al-Hakim, Sahih) Fasting not only has great spiritual benefits but it can also be very beneficial to our general health. Many scientists now recognise that fasting twice a week (which is also Sunnah) can be very beneficial to health. Most of us only fast during Ramadan as fasting is obligatory during this month but we are neglecting great spiritual and health benefits from optional fasting throughout the year which is also Sunnah: To fast a day and leave the next (i.e. to fast on alternate days); and that is the best voluntary fasting: It is narrated on the authority of ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Amr Ibn Al-‘As (Ra) that he said: the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "The dearest kind of fast to Allah the fast of Dawud (As) where he used to fast a day and give up fasting for a day (i.e. fast on alternate days)." (Bukhari, Muslim) Fasting Mondays and Thursdays: Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet, (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam) would fast Mondays and Thursdays. He was asked about that and he said: “The deeds of people are presented to Allah on every Monday and Thursday. Allah forgives every Muslim except for those who are deserting each other." He says: "leave them for later”. (Ahmad; Hasan) Another is to fast the white days (13, 14 & 15th of each Islamic month): Abu Tharr Al-Ghefari (Ra) said: “The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said "O Abu Tharr! If you fast three days of every month, then fast the 13th, the 14th and the 15th [these are call the al-ayaam al-beedh, the white days]". (Ahmad, an-Nasaa'i & at-Tirmithi; Sahih) Therefore we should try to fast what we can each month. If we cannot fast alternate days then let us fast Mondays and Thursdays. If we cannot fast Mondays or Thursdays then at least 3 days each month i.e. on the White days which are the 13th, 14th and 15th of each Islamic month. 4. The Night prayer: During Ramadan many of us were able to pray to Allah during the nights as we were up for Suhoor and during the last ten nights of Ramadan. But now that Ramadan is over we should not neglect praying to Allah at night: Allah the 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]Surely those who get up and forsake their beds in the depths of the night whilst others are asleep are truly fortunate and have a special closeness to Allah as they are praying unto him whilst the world sleeps in slumber. "They forsake their beds to cry unto their Lord in fear and hope..." (Qur'an, 32: 16-17) The best prayer after the obligatory prayer is the night prayer: Abu Hurayra (Ra) reports that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, "The best prayer after the obligatory prayers is the night prayer." (Muslim) Ramadan is the best time for us to get into the habit of praying during the night as we would already be awake for Suhoor which is before Fajr so it is also the time for the Tahajjud prayer. The Tahajjud prayer can also be prayed straight after the Isha prayer and before going to sleep. So we can still gain great rewards for praying Tahajjud before sleep but it is far more reward for praying Tahajjud after getting up from our sleep in the depths of the night. So let us make firm intention to continue to get up to pray Tahajjud even if it is 20 -30 minutes before Fajr begins so that we can be counted as those fortunate ones who will be elevated to the high ranks of Paradise for worshipping Allah in the depths of the night whilst most others are asleep. 5. Sincere repentance and thanking Allah During the blessed days and nights of Ramadan we were given the ability to repent and ask Allah for his mercy and forgiveness and to thank him for his infinite favours upon us. But now that Ramadan is over we must not stop repenting to Allah for our sins and we must continue to be thankful to Allah for his infinite favours upon us. Almighty Allah loves repentance and he loves nothing more than to forgive us of our sins: Truly Allah loves those who turn [to Him] in repentance, and He loves those who keep themselves in purity. (Qur'an; 2:222) All that is required is that we ask of him. We should never despair of the mercy of Allah and we should know that he is most merciful and most forgiving and loves to forgive: Allah says in Hadith Qudsi: O son of Adam, if your sins were to reach the clouds of the sky and you would then seek My forgiveness, I would forgive you. When a person sins and then sincerely turns to Allah for forgiveness then one will find Allah ready to accept his repentance and to forgive him, as this verse indicates: And whoever does a wrong or wrongs himself, but then seeks forgiveness from Allah, he will find Allah forgiving and merciful. (Qur'an; 4:110) Regarding being thankful and appreciative to Allah then most of us are of the ungrateful: Iblees said to Almighty Allah: and You will not find most of them grateful [to You].” (Qur’an; 7:17) If we become grateful to Allah then he will give us more: “And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favour]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe’.” (Qur'an; 14:7) We should aspire to be of those few who are grateful to Allah. How can we not thank Allah constantly for if we were to sit there and ponder over the favours that Allah has bestowed upon us then we will never be able to even if we were to for millions of years. Therefore we should thank him as much as we can not just verbally but also through our actions. During Ramadan it was made easier for us repent to Allah and to ask of him for forgiveness. Therefore we must not stop beseeching Allah for his mercy and forgiveness for surely we are in constant need of his mercy. We should repent to him and thank him constantly or at least after each prayer or a minimum of once a day. We must also realise that he does not need us to repent to him or to thank him but we are in need of him to forgive us as we are constantly sinning and we do not know at which moment we will die. So surely if we were to die then we would hope that Allah accepts our repentance and includes us as one of his slaves who was grateful and appreciative of his infinite favours upon us. 6. Improving our character and manners: During Ramadan there is more emphasis for us to control our desires, our tongues, our ears and our eyes. This is so that we can train ourselves during the blessed month to become better Muslims and doers of good and of those who refrain from evil actions. This month gave us a wonderful opportunity to be able to self evaluate so that we can improve our character and manners. . The superiority of having a good character: Abu Darda (Ra), relates that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Nothing is heavier in the scales of a believer on the Day of Judgement than his good behaviour. Allah detests a person who is obscene and shameless”. (Tirmidhi) Many of us think that good Muslim is one who observes all of the Salah, the fasting, the Zakah, and the Hajj. But that is not the case. If the ritual observances do not help the person to be humble, virtuous and truly Allah-fearing, then one cannot become a proper Muslim. A Muslim should be good and just in dealing with others, no matter their religion, and take special care to keep away from all the shameful and sinful things Allah has forbidden. One can never get close to Allah by being arrogant, full of pride and having a bad character and manners. Those who have humility and are humble and have good character and manners are the closest to Allah and Allah raises their ranks in the hereafter. The best person is the one who is best towards others. How we can make a change to our characters: The first step to change is that we must internalise the need for change within ourselves. Then we must have an example to follow and the best role model and example for us to followinour daily lives is undoubtedly the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). This is because Allah has made the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) as an example not only for us but for the whole of mankind. Allah says about the character of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam): And indeed you are of a great moral character (Qur'an; 68;4) Annas bin Malik (Ra) said, "The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) had the best manners among all the human beings" (Bukhari and Muslim) So by making the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) our role model then we are giving ourselves the best example to follow in our daily lives. So after internalising the need for us to make changes within ourselves then we must do an honest self evaluation of ourselves and really look at what we must change about ourselves. It does help to write out a list. So let us write out a list of the most important change we must make to the least important and concentrate on the most important change first. Once we have realised what we need to change then we must take immediate action. A good way of doing this is to dedicate a whole month in trying to improve one of our most major faults. This is because it is far better for us to concentrate on changing one thing at a time about ourselves. We should try to take a short while at the end of each day or at least at the end of each week to see how we have done to rectify our fault. Then at the end of the month we can see how we have done in terms of improving this major fault. Then the month after we can concentrate on another fault. By doing this we will have dedicated the entire year month by month trying to rectify our major faults. Whilst trying to rectify our faults we will inevitably slip and fall. That is to be expected as we are only humans and Allah recognises that. But we must constantly and consistently strive to be the best Muslims we can possibly be for the sole pleasure of Allah and know that we will become better by constantly working to rectify ourselves. 7. Giving in Charity: Many of us felt more generous during Ramadan and therefore gave more in charity during this month than we did throughout the rest of the year. But now that Ramadan is over it does not mean that we should stop giving in charity or only give a little bit now and again but we should always give as much as we can possibly afford. Allah says regarding giving to charity: Spend (in charity) out of We have bestowed for their sustenance secretly and openly ; and turn off evil with good: for such there is the final attainment of the (Eternal) Home. (Qur'an; 13:22) 'O son of Aadam! Spend, I will spend on you." (Al-Bukhari) “Who will loan Allah a beautiful loan so He may multiply it for him many times?” (Qur'an; 1:245) Subhanallah the Lord of the worlds is asking us his creations for a beautiful loan. This wealth that we have is not even ours in the first place. So whatever we give away to charity is given to us by Allah. Surely if we give to Allah a beautiful loan (in the way of charity to the needy) then he will give us back far more in return. Allah is testing us with the wealth he has given us to see how we will spend it. Surely we will be accountable for every penny we spend so we must ensure that we give away as much as we can for his pleasure. We must also realise that any wealth we do give away will not decrease our wealth in the slightest: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Giving in charity doesn’t decrease you wealth in the slightest, and the person who pardons is not increase except in honour and there is no person who is humble for the sake of Allah, except that Allah will raise his rank.” (Muslim 2588) Surely if we give reluctantly then Allah will also give to us reluctantly: Narrated Asmaa’ bint Abu Bakr (Ra) that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “[Give (in charity) and do not give reluctantly lest Allah should give you in a limited amount; and do not withhold your money lest Allah should withhold it from you.” (Al-Bukhari (2590, 2591) and Muslim (2244)) So let us give a set amount of our wealth away each month as much as we can afford and also give away whatever we have in our pockets whenever we come across the needy. We can also do more for charity by fund raising. We can do this by doing good acts and getting sponsored for it like mountain climbing, walks, jogs, selling food or items and giving away the proceedings to charity. Remember: When we die our good deeds will also stop except for the charity we gave away during our lives which will continue to increase our good deeds even after our death. So the more we give away to charity then the more we will be increasing our good deeds after our death. In conclusion: We must ask ourselves this question: How can we sacrifice the Hereafter which is for eternity for this life which can end at any second? Surely we will be in utter regret in the Hereafter if we were to waste this life chasing this world which is for but a few days compared to the pleasures of the Hereafter which are everlasting. Ramadan is a great mercy for us by Allah. Throughout the year our Imaan (faith) dips and just before Ramadan arrives it comes when we need it the most. But just because Ramadan has now ended then it does not mean that we should go back to our old ways and stop doing the good we acquired from it. Otherwise we would have wasted this entire month and would be of those who are most unfortunate. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: Jibraeel (As) appeared before me and said: "Woe to him who found the blessed month of Ramadan... and let it pass by without gaining forgiveness." Upon that I said: Aameen. (Sahih Bukhari) So let us continue with the good we acquired from this beautiful month and make Dua to Allah that he accepts our deeds and efforts and enables us to live to see another Ramadan. Ameen
  18. Asalaamu Alaikum brothers and sisters. Just a humble request that on this blessed night please help save these children's lives: The children of Afghanistan desperately need our help. Over 3 million children are suffering from malnutrition of which a million are critical and could die. Help save a life then you gain rewards as if you saved the whole of humanity: "and whoever saves a life, it will be as if they saved all of humanity. (Qur'an:5:32). If tonight is Laylatul Qadr then each £1 is like donating for over 83 years! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/malnutritionpacks4afghanistan *100% Donation policy - Zakaat eligible - PayPal accepted* OneNationUk.org - Reg Charity No:1156200 malnutrition crisis.jfif
  19. Asalaamu Alaikum. During these last blessed days & nights I will be fundraising for a very important cause because 3.5 Million children are suffering from Malnutrition in Afghanistan of which 1 million are at risk of dying unless we help. One Nation are on the ground in Afghanistan providing Malnutrition support packs to families. 68 Packs already raised. Please support, share & donate generously during these blessed days and nights and we hope our donations fall on the most powerful night of the year insha'Allah: https://www.justgiving.com/malnutritionpacks4afghanistan *100% Donations policy - Zakaat eligible, Sadaqah, PayPal accepted* OneNationUk.org - Registered Charity No:115620
  20. *A Million Afghani children at risk of dying of Malnutrition say's UNICEF:* One Nation are on the ground in Afghanistan providing Malnutrition support packs to affected families including Doctor & nurse check ups. Just 52 packs to hit target of 200: https://www.justgiving.com/malnutritionpacks4afghanistan *100% Donation policy - Zakat-PayPal* OneNationUk.org - Reg Charity No:1156200
  21. *A Million children in Afghanistan are at risk of dying of Malnutrition say's UNICEF:* OneNation are on the ground providing affected families with Malnutrition support packs which includes Doctor & nurse check ups. 130 packs already raised. Just £40 a pack. Please donate generously during these blessed days and nights and help save these children's lives: https://www.justgiving.com/malnutritionpacks4afghanistan *100% Donation policy - Zakat eligible, PayPal accepted* OneNationUk.org - Registered Charity No: 1156200
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