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“The logical-metaphysical postulates, the belief in substance, accident, and attribute, all derive their convincing force from our habit of regarding all our deeds as consequences of our will, so that the ego, as substance, does not vanish in the multiplicity of change. However, there is no such thing as will.”

—F. Nietzsche, The Will to Power, §488 (edited excerpt).

رمضان

15 Easy Good deeds to do throughout Ramadan!

1. Sitting after Fajr remembering Allah until sunrise:

“Whoever prays fajr in congregation, then sits remembering Allah until sunrise, then prays 2 rakats of salah has a complete reward of (Nafil) Hajj and Umrah. (The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) repeated the word ‘complete’ 3 times for emphasis) [Tirmidhi]

2. A house in Jannah for praying 12 Sunnah each day:

“Allah will build house in Jannah for whoever is hardworking in obsering 12 sunnah rakat (as follows) 4 rakat before and 2 after Dhur, 2 after the Maghrib, 2 after Ishaa, and 2 before Fajr.” [Tirmidhi]

3. Attending lectures in the Masjid.  MEN ONLY

“Whoever to the masjid not desires except to learn or teach what is good has the reward of a pilgrim who completed his Hajj” [Tabarani]

4. Visiting a sick Muslim.

“There is no Muslim who visits a sick Muslim early in the morning but 70 thousand angels  send blessings upon him until evening comes, and if he visits him in the evening, 70 thousand angels send blessings upon him until morning comes, and he will have a garden in paradise.” [Tirmidhi]

5. Providing food for breaking the fast.

“Whoever provides food for breaking of the fast for a fasting person receives the reward of the fasting person, without the reward of the fasting person being reduced in any way.” [Tirmidhi & Ibn Majah]

6. Standing in prayer on Laylat-ul-Qadr.

“Laylat-ul-Qadr is better than a thousand months.” [Quran 97:3]

So it is, superior to approx 83 years of worship! Subhan’Allah most do not even live for that long!

7. Millions of Good deeds remembering Allah whilst shopping:

“Whoever enters a market and says:

‘Laa ilaha illallah wahdahu la shareeka lah, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu yuhyi wa yumeetu wa huwa hayyun laa yamoot, bi yadihil khair, wa huwa ‘ala kulli shayin qadeer’

[There is nothing worthy of worship except Allah, alone without partner, to Him belongs dominion and praise, He causes life and feath and He is the Living and does not die. In His Hand is all the good, and He is over all things competent] … Allah will write for him/her a million good deeds and erase a million bad deeds and raise him a million levels.” [Tirmidhi]

8. That Which Shall Have no Equal on the Day of Resurrection:

Abu Huraira (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:”

Whoever says one hundred times in a day:

“La ilaha illal-lah wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahu-l-mulk wa lahu-l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shai’in qadir,”

{”None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Alone Who has no partners, to Him belongs Dominion and to Him belong all the Praises, and He has power over all things (i.e. Omnipotent)”,}

he will get the same reward as given for manumitting ten slaves; and one hundred good deeds will be written in his accounts, and one hundred sins will be deducted from his accounts, and it (his saying) will be a shield for him from Satan on that day till night, and nobody will be able to do a better deed except the one who does more than he.” [Bukhari,Book #75, Hadith #412]

9. Asking Allah to forgive ALL Muslims.

“Whoever seeks forgiveness for beleiving men and believing woman, Allah will write for him a good deed for each believing man and believing woman.” [Tabarani]

That is a reward for EVERY believer we make dua for. Since it is Ramadan then we get 70 good deeds for every believer we make dua for. So for simple dua taking a few seconds will give us BILLIONS of good deeds! Subhaanallah!

10. Forgiveness like the foam of the sea:

- Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: ‘Whoever says: Subhanallah wa bi hamdih (Praise and glory be to Allah)

100 times, morning and evening, his sins will be erased even if they are like the foam on the sea.” [Bukhari]

- Jaa’bir (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:

“For the person who recites: SUB-HAN’ALLAH HIL AZEEM WA BI-HAM’DIHI, (Pure and perfect is Allah in his glory and praise) –

A date palm will be planted for him in Paradise” [Tirmidhi]

11. Thousand Good deeds in 2 Minutes

If a person says “Subhanallah” (glory be to Allah) 100 times, a thousand good deeds are recorded for him and a thousand bad deeds are wiped away. [Muslim]

12. Being pleased on the Day of Resurrection:

Allah has promised that anyone who says this three times every morning or evening will be pleased on the Day of Resurrection:

“رَضِيتُ باللهِ رَبَّاً، وَبِالْإِسْلَامِ دِيناً، وَبِمُحَمَّدٍ صَلَى اللهُ عَلِيهِ وَسَلَّمَ نَبِيَّاً”.

Radheetu billaahi Rabban, wa bil-’Islaami deenan, wa bi-Muhammadin (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallama) Nabiyyan.

I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, with Islam as my religion and with Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as my Prophet. [Fortress of the Muslim]

13. Reciting three phrases heavy on the scales:

Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith reported: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there and said,”Are you still in the same position as I left you.” I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “I recited four phrases three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are:

Subhan-Allah wa bihamdihi, ‘adada khalqihi, wa rida-a nafsihi, wa zinatah ‘arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi

{Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise).” [Muslim]

14. A Rare treasure of Paradise:

Abu Dharr (RA) narrated that Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Should I not tell you of one treasure of the unlimited treasures of Paradise?” I replied spontaneously “Oh Rasulallah that would be an honour indeed!” Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said: “That rare treasure is: LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH.”

(“The strength to do good and to refrain from evil comes from the grace and mercy of Allah!”) [Ibn Majah]

15. Beautiful Supplication for Forgiveness:

Shaddad bin Aus (RA) narrates that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:

“The best supplication for seeking forgiveness (Istighfar) is to say:

`Allahumma Anta Rabbi, la ilaha illa Anta, khalaqtani wa ana `abduka, wa ana `ala `ahdika wa wa`dika mastata`tu, a`udhu bika min sharri ma sana`tu, abu‘u laka bini`matika `alayya, wa abu‘u bidhanbi faghfir li, fa innahu la yaghfirudh-dhunuba illa Anta.

(O Allah! You are my Rabb. There is no true god except You. You have created me, and I am Your slave, and I hold to Your Covenant as far as I can. I seek refuge in You from the evil of what I have done. I acknowledge the favours that You have bestowed upon me, and I confess my sins. Pardon me, for none but You has the power to pardon).’

He who supplicates in these terms during the day with firm belief in it and dies on the same day (before the evening), he will be one of the dwellers of Jannah; and if anyone supplicates in these terms during the night with firm belief in it and dies before the morning, he will be one of the dwellers of Jannah.” [Al-Bukhari].

Narrated Jundub (radhīAllāhu ‘anhu):

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “He who lets the people hear of his good deeds intentionally, to win their praise, Allāh will let the people know his real intention (on the Day of Resurrection), and he who does good things in public to show off and win the praise of the people, Allāh will disclose his real intention (and humiliate him).”

—  [Sahīh Bukhārī, Vol. 8, Hadīth no. 506. Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khān]

“The consistent type is one that must not hate evil, and not even oppose it, acquiesing in the suffering that such a way of life entails. Here one should live entirely in positive feelings and take the side of one’s opponent in word and deed. What is achieved here? The Buddhist type, or the perfect cow. However, this standpoint is possible only when no moral fanaticism prevails, and the concept of sin is lacking.”

—F. Nietzsche, The Will to Power, §342 (edited excerpt).

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So sad.

Astagfirullah.

Yet we have the mouth and heart to complain why our prayers are not being answered?
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Today I was restudying the life of ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwan Radiyallahu Anhu, and if you would remember my article about him where I mentioned him founding the city of Basra in Iraq. 

So, I wanted to share today a very strong reminder of a learned man, the story didn’t mention his name but we ask Allah to reward him and bless him Amin. (Indeed there are people who are not mentioned here but are well known in the Hereafter.)

If you are a person who has been asking Allah for something for so long yet you are somehow thinking you are not getting an answer yet, then the first thing you should do would be think of your deeds and how you are doing with your worship, or maybe this story would help you get your priorities straight and right as well.
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This learned scholar came to Basra in Iraq, people gathered around him and asked why their prayers were not being answered, especially when Allah says in the Qur’an: “Call upon me, I will respond to you.”[40:60]

So this learned man answered them by saying; “O people of Basra! Your hearts have become dead.” So, the people asked how this had come about.

The learned man outlined several reasons for this:

“You recognise Allah but you don’t give Him His due.
You recite the Qur’an but you don’t act upon it.
You claim to love Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam but you don’t act upon his sunnah.
You claim to be the enemy of Satan but you obey him.
You claim to have earned entry into Paradise but you don’t make any effort it.
You claim to have achieved deliverance from the Hellfire but your misdeeds should see you sent to Hell.
You say that death is inevitable but you don’t make preparations for it.
You find fault with other people, but you don’t see your own fault.
you bury your dead but you don’t learn lessons from it.
You avail of the blessings of Allah but you don’t thank Him.”

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Sometimes, we just really need to sit down and relax and think for a moment how we are doing with our deeds. Maybe, it is actually us that puts a barrier from what we are asking for. As much as you make du’a for something you want, make as much istighfar as well. in sha Allah.

May this strong reminder be enough for us to recheck our deeds and our worship. Amin

Zohayma  

لا تشرق شمس على يوم أفضل من يوم العرفاة، و لا تغرب على ليلة أفضل من ليلة القدر. الدعاء فيهما من أفضل الأعمال و أقربها قبولا و إجابة

“The sun does not rise on any day better than the day of ‘Arafah, nor does it set on any night better than the night of Qadr. Du'a in them is among the best of deeds and the most likely of them to be accepted and answered.

—  [Abdul Aziz al-Tarefee]

Before you go to sleep tonight, please say a prayer for warmth and for peace of mind and body for those without a home tonight. I think sometimes we forget that there are men, women, and children who don’t share the same luxuries that we are blessed to have…If you’re unable to do anything such as donate to a shelter or do a kind deed for someone on your way home, at least send them a small prayer.

مَن كَانَ يُرِيدُ الْعِزَّةَ فَلِلَّـهِ الْعِزَّةُ جَمِيعًا ۚ إِلَيْهِ يَصْعَدُ الْكَلِمُ الطَّيِّبُ وَالْعَمَلُ الصَّالِحُ يَرْفَعُهُ ۚ وَالَّذِينَ يَمْكُرُونَ السَّيِّئَاتِ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ ۖ وَمَكْرُ أُولَـٰئِكَ هُوَ يَبُورُ

Whosoever desires honour, power and glory then to Allāh belong all honour, power and glory [and one can get honour, power and glory only by obeying and worshipping Allāh (Alone)]. To Him ascend (all) the goodly words, and the righteous deeds exalt it (the goodly words i.e. the goodly words are not accepted by Allāh unless and until they are followed by good deeds), but those who plot evils, theirs will be severe torment. And the plotting of such will perish.

(Sūrah Fātir, 35:10)