• Said Al Ghamdi

He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Perfection, the Bestower of Faith, the Overseer, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Superior. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him.
He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.

I asked my grand-mother Asma:
How were Asḥab An-Nabī رضي الله عنهم (the Companions of the Prophet ﷺ) when they would listen to the Qur'an?
She answered: their eyes would cry and their skin would shiver, like Allah has described them.
—  ‘Abd Allah Ibn 'Urwah Ibn Az-Zubayr | As-Shu'ab (1900).

Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children - like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion.“ - {57:20}

Verse from the Quran – 2:186 – The Heifer

وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا لِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا بِي لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ

When My servants ask you about Me, say that I am near. I respond to the call of one who calls, whenever he calls to Me: let them, then, respond to Me, and believe in Me, so that they may be rightly guided.

Originally found on: awaaasha


When we are reciting the Qur’an, is it better to read from the Mushaf, or from memory?

Answer by Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen:

As for reciting the Qur’an outside of the prayer, it is better to read from the Mushaf, because it is better from the view precision and memorization, except when reciting it from the heart is more conducive to memorizing it and makes it easier to concentrate. In this case one should recite it from the heart.

In the case of the prayer, it is better to recite from the heart. This is because when one recites from the Mushaf it results in unnecessary motion from holding the Mushaf, turning the pages, and looking at letters. All of this causes one to be unable to properly place the right hand over the left on the chest while in the standing position; and it may also result in harsh treatment to it during the bowing and prostration positions when he has to put the Mushaf under his arm, etc. It is for these such reasons that we prefer a person to recite from his heart during prayer rather than from the Mushaf.

We even see some people, when they are praying behind an Imaam, reading directly from the Mushaf, following his recitation. Because of the reasons mentioned above, and because the worshipper needs only to follow the Imaam, people should not hold the Mushaf when they are praying.

But if the case is that the Imaam’s memory is not good, and he says to one of the followers, “While you are praying behind me follow along in the Mushaf in case I make a mistake” - then there is no harm in this.

Fatawa Islamiyah, vol.7, p.17, DARUSSALAM

Dāwud At-Tā'ī suffered for several days from his recitation of a verse mentionning the Hell-Fire, and that he repeted it many times during the night.
He would then wake up sick.
—  Hafs Ibn ‘Umar Al-Ju'fī | Al-Hilyah (7/340).

My husband, brother and I got into the microbus heading back from Palestine to Cairo and rode almost silently with the five other male passengers, passing through the desert and listening to the van radio’s Qur’an only hours before it would be time to break our fast.
As iftar approached, one of the young men pulled out apples, dates and water bottles and began passing them around the small vehicle. Subhan Allah, if God hadn’t blessed us with food through this man, many of us may have had nothing to break our fasts with after hours of riding in the scorching desert heat.
After breaking our fast, one of the brothers busted out a cigarette pack. Out of his generosity, he shared the pack. One by one, young and old, almost all of the riders started smoking.
Soon, as the night sky of the last of the first 10 nights darkened, the Qur’an was replaced with massive beats blasting throughout the microbus. My husband, brother and I were almost choking on the second hand smoke, attempting to sleep through the loud music, exhausted from our long trip, while the other passengers partied.

Suddenly, amongst miles of desert, there was a café. “I see people praying!” exclaimed a young man. “Let’s stop to pray maghrib!”

So the bus pulled over and we got out and we prayed. And after the riders took a shisha break at the cafe, we piled back in and continued our music-blasting cigarette-smoking trip.

My first impression of these individuals was how much they were seeking Allah in Ramadan; with the Qur’an, with athkar, and with generosity to their brethren. And once the music replaced the Qur’an, and the smoke continuously filled the microbus, on such a holy night of the year, I realized how truly subhan Allah they really were seekers of Allah.
Clearly my fellow brother riders were smokers, yet they fought to refrain themselves from it during the day so that they could fast for Allah’s sake.
And even though they thoroughly seemed to enjoy listening to crazy loud love songs, subhan Allah, they perhaps fought their desire for hours to instead listen to the Qur’an while they maintained their fast.

And even while traveling and being excused from praying maghrib within its time as if they had been residents, they sought the first opportunity to maintain this specific connection for Allah `azza wa jal.

How many of us first read the two perceptions of the microbus riders and felt they were hypocrites for doing “righteous deeds” while fasting in the day and then engaging in seemingly “unrighteous” deeds in the night?
I emphasized the smoking and music because for many Muslims, particularly in Ramadan, those are two things we hear in our community that we should absolutely avoid- that fasting should help us focus on replacing bad habits with good ones, that Quran should always replace music, especially in Ramadan- most especially in the last 10 nights.

Yet how many of us fast during the days of Ramadan and gossip about others throughout its nights? How many of us read more Quran in Ramadan, yet are harsh to our parents and other believers in the masjid? How many of us listen to Islamic lectures on our long drives yet judge others and cause them to feel unworthy of being in the house of God?
How many of us pray taraweeh in Ramadan and weep, yet swear never to marry a brother or sister who is of another race? How many of us are giving charity in the night, yet fill our hearts with anger and jealousy over what others have and what we wish was only ours?

We all have issues. The point though is that despite them, we try our best to overcome them, to improve, to come back to God in the baby steps we can take. Yes, we don’t play games with Him. But we recognize we struggle while we try.

And perhaps, instead of hypocrisy, this is a sign of our belief in Allah. Perhaps we look at ourselves or even others and call good actions mixed with bad actions two faced. But perhaps Allah is calling His angels to witness our struggle, proud of our inner battle to please Him, knowing of the guilt which consumes us, ready to accept our repentance.

He tells us, “…"O My servants who have transgressed against themselves, do not despair of the mercy of God. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful” (Qur'an, 39:53)

This Ramadan, realize that when you struggle to do things right and yet still make mistakes- you aren’t a hypocrite. You aren’t an unworthy sinner.
You are a struggling believer. And God LOVES those who turn to Him. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you God closed His mercy for you. No one has the right to close that door for you.
Listen to the tugging of your heart that’s telling you it longs for its Creator. Turn to Him. You will find Him always ready to accept you.

Source: Maryam Amirebrahimi

ˋAli Ibn Al Fudayl could not recite ṣūrat Al Qāri'ah (The Calamity), and no one could recite Al Qāri'ah to him.
—  Abū Sulaymān Ad-Dārānī | As-Siyar (8/445)

•✦.¤.✦• { dua’a } •✦.¤.✦•

Many of us go through that phase in our Imaan where we feel down, feel Allah does not Love us or we have lost that connection with Him.

Either we keep screwing things up, or feel burdened by our sins or feel our deeds are not good enough to be accepted by Allah, Most Gracious.

But the fact of the matter is, we have to hold on and hope in the Mercy of Allah, no matter how bad we may be. As Allah says:

O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it.

[At-Tirmidhi (also by Ahmad ibn Hanbal)]

Do not despair in the Mercy & Love of Allah and try to do the best you can. Keep fighting the good fight and do not let shaytaan entrap you into further despair.

This feeling down & losing that connection with Allah, is also a test from Allah to see how much we, as His servants pine for Him, miss His presence and strive to earn His love & pleasure.