Love Muhammad

I can never get enough of the Prophet’s (pbuh) beauty; he was so sensitive to people’s pain. He was their comfort when they were hurting. Can you imagine a grown busy man stopping to sit down and comfort a child hurting due to the death of his pet bird for as long as he needs? He did. Even when he was in pain himself, he would still comfort others.

When people ask me what I love most about him, I always say his beauty. It is fair to describe him as the most beautiful human being, a trait which takes a lot of strength and courage. There’s so much to learn from his personality alone. 

Illuminated Leaf


16th Century

(via and The Metropolitan Museum)

Poem by Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

My heart is like an oyster shell, the Beloved’s phantom is the pearl; now I am no more contained, for this house is filled with Him.

Night split the lip of my soul with the sweetness of His talk; I am surprised at him who says, “Truth is bitter.”

Mortals’ food comes from without, but the lover’s food is from within; he regurgitates and chews, for the lover is like a camel.

Be swift-faring like a peri, denude yourself of your body; nakedness is not allowed to him who has the mange.

Salah al-Din has come to the chase; all the lions are his quarry; that man is his servant who is free from the two worlds.

MAXIMISE your rewards this RAMADAN – The SUNNAH the BETTER!

1. Wake up for Suhoor
2. Read 20 pages of Quran per day and you will complete it
3. Break your fast on an odd number of dates and if no dates available then break it on water
4. Learn and say the Dua prior to breaking your fast
5. Pray Taraaweeh /night prayers
6. Fast from all types of evil speech – lying, gossip, slander, backbiting, etc.
7. Be generous. Feed the poor and needy
8. Contribute towards breaking other people’s fast and receive their reward without any of their reward being reduced
9. Pray ‘Ishaa’ with the Imam until he has completed the entire prayer including Taraweeh and witr and it will be recorded for you as if you spent the entire night in prayer
10. Make lots of Dua and ask Allah to bless you with His bounties in this life and the next
11. Perform ‘Umrah if you have the ability to do so and you will receive the reward of having performed Hajj with the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)
12. Get into the habit of praying the 12 Sunnah prayers associated with the 5 daily prayers and a mansion will await you in Jannah (2 before Fajr, 4 before Dhuhr, 2 after Dhuhr, 2 after Maghrib and 2 after ‘Ishaa’)
13. ‘Itikaaf - Devout yourself to the mosque during the last 10 days of Ramadan
14. Stay up engaging in various acts of worship during the evenings of the odd days of the last 10 days of Ramadan seeking out Laylatul Qadr which offers the reward of 1000 years of worship (83.3 years)
15. Pay Zakat/Sadaqatul Fitr towards the end of Ramadan and before the Eid prayer

I ask Allah to grant me and you the ability to do all this and more during Ramadan 1435/2014.
Shaykh Bilal Dannoun

ore Inspiration |

Let us pray.

But why do you really pray?

Do you pray because you need something? Do you pray because you want something? Do you pray because you are just told so? Come, think of it, ask yourself, why do you pray?

Many thoughts are coming now to your mind, right?

Yes, we have all our own reasons why we pray to Allaah Azza Wa Jall, but before anything else, let it be known that you pray because it is not because you are told so but because you are obliged to do so, it is the first pillar of Islam.

Realize that Allaah Azza Wa Jall never gets tired of Providing and Sustaining for your needs, He forgives you as long as you repent yet when He calls you to pray and have a talk with Him, you refuse?

Salaah is a gift and a mercy from Allaah Azza Wa Jall. It is the best form of giving thanks to Allaah Azza Wa Jall, best way to have a talk with him and pour everything that is in your heart without being ashamed because you know Allaah Azza Wa Jall can be the only One who can bring such comfort in your heart, you know that when you pour out your feelings to Him, He comforts it by letting your tears fall from your eyes which in return gives such relief in you, have you ever notice that?

Yes, when we cry, we release all out the stress, hatred and pain away from our hearts, that is a mercy from Allaah Azza Wa Jall, so when you cry it doesn’t mean you are weak, it just means that you are being comforted by Allaah Azza Wa Jall, there is nothing wrong on crying. It is a gift, so embrace it.

When you pray, concentrate, do not be fast on uttering the words of the Qur'an, feel every word, there is nothing wrong if you take long in salaah, it is a moment gifted to you by Allaah Azza Wa Jall, so make it count.

When you pray, know that you stand infront of Allaah Azza Wa Jall, so be firm. Stay focused, remember sooner or later, death may come upon you, so pray as if it is your last, cry, because with all the sins we have committed, we should cry, cry out for forgiveness from Him, for every minute that we have displeased Him, He tells us…

[1] Muhammad sallallahu allaihi wassalaam said in a Hadith Qudsi that Allaah Azza Wa Jall said:

“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 its.”

Subhan'Allaah, how can a heart full of sins can not call out for forgiveness to the One Who says I will forgive you?

Every time, every time and i mean every single time we pray our Salaah, make it the most meaningful one. Make it so meaningful that your du'a would make the angels say Amin with you.

Allaah is Al Wadood, The Most Loving, my brother and sister in Islam, Allaah Azza Wa Jall loves you, just by the mere fact that he handpicked you to be a Muslim, says so much about His Love for you, or by just the fact that you were lost and He guided you back, doesn’t that make the heart grow fonder for Him more?

When you got lost, He didn’t put you astray more, rather He called you back, wallahi He gave you that honor back, so why are you putting this honor away by not praying?

Every salaah we make is a worship to Him, but go beyond that, make it a communication, a direct communication from you to Him, rather just praying just because you have to, pray because you want to, because you need to because its all that you have, the first step to become better, the first step to become closer to Him.

My dear child, we are bound to return to our Lord soon, either I go first or you go, all of us will. So make everyday count, you are given 5 gifts everyday, open it, fill it, embrace it and make use of it.

Remember, not all the people in this world is given this honor of having a talk with Him 5 times a day, We are blessed for we are Muslims and Allaah Azza Wa Jall honored us that.

Now, are you up for another talk with Him?

Yes, start with the next Salaah, give meaning to it.

And we pray that Allaah Azza Wa Jall softens our hearts through our salah, through remembering His Mercy, His Love, His Protection, His Guidance and His Blessings that we may realize the bountiful blessings He has given us and in return we could give thanks by staying consistent on offering prayers to Him.





[1] Tirmidhi

Characteristics of a Muslim Husband

This is the male version of 7 Beautiful Pearls Which Make A Wife Special :)

What a Muslim husband should be like…

1. Dress up for your wife, look clean and smell good. When was the last time you went shopping for the best clothing? Just like the husband wants his wife to look nice for him, she also wants her husband to dress up for her too. Remember that the Prophet (PBUH) would always start with Miswak when returning home and always loved the sweetest smells.

2. Use the best names for your wife. Call your wife by the most beloved names to her, and avoid using names that hurt their feelings.

3. Don’t treat her like a fly. We never think about a fly in our daily lives until it ‘bugs’ us. Similarly, a wife will do well all day – which brings no attention from the husband – until she does something to ‘bug’ him. Don’t treat her like this; recognize all the good that she does and focus on that.

4. If you see wrong from your wife, don’t try to change every single imperfection she has about her. 

Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Woman is like a rib. When you attempt to straighten it, you would break it. And if you leave her alone you would benefit by her, and crookedness will remain in her. [Muslim]

5. Smile at your wife whenever you see her and embrace her often. Smiling is Sadaqah and your wife is not exempt from the Muslim Ummah. Imagine life with her constantly seeing you smiling. Remember also those Hadeeth when the Prophet (PBUH) would kiss his wife before leaving for Salah, even when he was fasting.

6. Thank her for all that she does for you. Then thank her again! Take for example a dinner at your house. She makes the food, cleans the home, and a dozen other tasks to prepare. And sometimes the only acknowledgment she receives is that there needed to be more salt in the soup. Don’t let that be; thank her!

7. Ask her to write down the last ten things you did for her that made her happy. Then go and do them again. It may be hard to recognize what gives your wife pleasure. You don’t have to play a guessing game, ask her and work on repeating those times in your life.

8. Don’t belittle her desires. Comfort her. Sometimes the men may look down upon the requests of their wives. The Prophet (PBUH) set the example for us in an incident when Safiyyah (R.A) was crying because, as she said, he had put her on a slow camel. He wiped her tears, comforted her, and brought her the camel.

9. Be humorous and play games with your wife. Look at how the Prophet (PBUH) would race with his wife Aisha (R.A) in the desert. When was the last time we did something like that?

10. Always remember the words of Allah’s Messenger (PBUH): ‘The best of you are those who treat their families the best. And I am the best amongst you to my family.’ Try to be the best!

NOTE: For the women who read, please do not rub this into your husbands’ faces because it won’t work to fix the situation.  In fact I believe many things here are applicable to women also respectively.  This should be read with the intention to rectify ourselves and not knit-pick and find faults in others.

In conclusion: Never forget to make Dua to Allah to make your marriage successful.