Masjed

An attempt at establishing a good habit

We all may have heard of the following hadith, 

“ Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:  Whoever prays Fajr in congregation then sits remembering Allaah until the sun rises, then prays two rak’ahs, will have a reward like that of Hajj and ‘Umrah, complete, complete, complete. - Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (586).”

Even though there is a difference of opinion in regards to the soundness of the hadith, a number of scholars have classes is as hasan li ghayrihi. 

  Another hadith that is more vividly known and acted upon by the majority of us is the following,  

“ It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, a light will shine for him from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, which will shine for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven (his sins) between the two Fridays.”

Pondering upon these two, i realized that a great habit could be formed in order to follow these two religiously. I will start to the following from now on In Sha Allah. 

  • Wake up early and pray Tahajjud (the night prayer), every Friday (And other days too In Sha Allah).

  • Wait for Fajr and make dua during that time (Allah descends to the lowest heaven during the last third of the night, why miss the opportunity for dua?)

  • Pray the sunnah of Fajr at home and then head out to the masjed. [Note: Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The two rak'ahs of Fajr are better than this world and everything in it.” (Narrated by Muslim, 725. ) AND the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) also said: “Perform some of your prayers in your houses and do not make them graves.”(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 422; Muslim, 777)]

  • After having prayed Fajr, sit in my place and finish the morning adhkar and then recite Surah Kahf  (And read translation in order to understand) - Quran or phone app. ( Note: There is a difference of opinion in regards to whether the hadith implies to stay in the same place or be able to move about in  the masjed. I personally would like to stay on the safe side and try to be near a pillar or a wall so i can lean against it and not be tired. And keep a Quran close by before hand or have my phone “on silent” with me.)

 Surah Kahf doesn’t take too long, i take roughly 45 minutes to recite and read translation, that is approximately enough time until you can pray the shurooq (sunrise) prayer. So by the you finish reciting Al Kahf and praying 2 rakahs (units) of sunrise prayer, you would have acted upon two hadiths and that too on a Friday. I fully intend to comply by this In Sha Allah, a great way to attain a reward. (Note: Allah loves the acts that we are consistent in and  that is why making a habit out of our acts of worship is very important). 

May Allah make us of those who earn HIS pleasure and mercy through adhering to good deeds and refraining from the bad deeds and may HE enable us to perform more and more good deeds in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah, Ameen.

ISLAM 101: Basic Islamic Phrases

Akhira: Hereafter


Alhamdulilah: Praise be to Allah (God)


Allah: God


Allahu Akbar: God is the greatest


Aqidah: Theology


Assalaam Alaykom: Peace be upon you (Islamic greeting)


Astagfarallah: I seek refuge (protection) in God 


Ayah: A verse in the Qur’an (also used to mean a sign)


Barakah: Blessing


Bismillah: In the name of God (said before completing a task to invoke the Lord’s name)


Dua: Supplication or prayer


Dunya: The physical world (as opposed to the Afterlife)


Fatwa: A legal opinion of a Muslim jurist (i.e. Muslim law)


Fiqh: Islamic Jurisprudence


Hadith: The sayings, actions, and approvals of the Prophet (pbuh)


Halal: Something lawful or permitted in Islam


Haram: Something that is sinful or impermissible in Islam


Hijab: Literally a cover, but commonly used to describe the headscarf that some Muslim women choose to wear


Iblees: Satan


Ilm: Knowledge


Islam: A submission to God


Jahannam: Hellfire


Jannah: Paradise


Jazak(i) Allahu Khairan: May God reward you with something good


Jihad: A struggle


Jummah: Friday Prayer or just Friday as a day (holy day for Muslims)


Kafir: People who conceal the Truth and actively plot against Islam


Masha Allah: Literally means “Whatever God wills,” but is taken to basically mean, “Glory to God”


Masjed: Mosque, place of worship for Muslims


Muslim: One who follows the religion of Islam


Nafs: The soul or lower self (ego/id)


Niyyah: Intention


Pbuh: Peace Be Upon Him (said to invoke peace and blessings on the Prophet Mohammad)


Rab: Lord


Sabr: Patience


Salah: Obligatory 5 prayers or any other of the structured prayers in Islam


Salaam: Peace


Seerah: The biography of the life of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh)


Sheikh: Muslim clergy 


Subhan Allah: Glory to God


Sunnah: The example of the Prophet (pbuh) that Muslims try to follow. 


Surah: A chapter in the Qur’an


Tafsir: Qur’anic exegesis 


Taqwa: Righteousness and piety


Tawakkol: Reliance on God


Waalaykom assalaam: And on to you be peace (reply to greeting)

Hoxton's voice actor joined me in a game

So i bought the lab rats heist to see what it is like. Im in the lobby, one guy with me, when suddenly some infamy 2 guy with a hoxton masj joins the lobby (his name was The Real Spookin’ Hoxton). Then on the mic he says “I’ve got a fuckin question, old japanese tiara man” (my name on steam). When i heard his voice, i flipped my shit, i recognized that voice anywhere, it was motherfucking pete gold, aka. Hoxton!

Being unable to use my mic due to the screechs my mouth was producing, i just answered in the chat with an akward “what is it?”. Then i heard his beautiful voice again, he asked “how does it feel to be an old japanese tiara man?”.

Trying to act chill, i answered “pretty good tbh”

Then his sexy voice responded “fuckin’ good”

Then he left.

We failed the heist.

But i was still happy.

I looked at his steam profile, turns out he’s the real deal, he’s the real hoxton.

I sent him a friend request, i doubt he will add me, but i don’t care, he made my day and i love him.

Masjed-Jameh (mosque) of Herat city, western Afghanistan. The photo shows one of the columns of western Shabestan. Shabestan (=nightland) is part of a mosque for sleeping or nocturnal prayers. Despite of three decades of war in Afghanistan, the historical heritage of Herat, especially this mosque, has survived and looks still the same as on this photo from 1970

1970 Herat Mosque. Herat, Afghanistan