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Powerful Tips for the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan

1. Do not let your ‘performance’ until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! It is not all lost! If you sincerely wish it could have been better - Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet! Start with a positive, sincere intention!

2. Today, take a little time to read the Tafseer of Surah al-Qadr to understand what actually happens this night! You will feel its power & greatness so much more!

3. Do not wait for the 27th Night to give it your “all". The entire last 10 days should be your target. Stay up each night! Would you want to miss Laylatul Qadr even “by chance"?

4. Do not fall into any innovations/celebrations any masjid or culture might try to promote. Follow the Sunnah! The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) guided us simply: “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” 

5. Memorize and keep asking the dua’ taught by Rasulullah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam): Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).

6. Prepare a short dua’ list. Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allah! The Night of Qadr, of Destiny! Consciously pick each and everything you crucially wish for in this dunya, in your deen, family, and in your aakhirah! Don’t forget to include the brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and in grief!

7. Take brief naps during the day, if possible. Keep your stomach light and sleep as soon as you have prayed ‘isha. Do not delay! After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get ready for worship. 

8. Don’t neglect your family! Rasulullah made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night - if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up atleast for sometime! Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!

9. Look the Part: The way we dress and prepare has a big effect on our psychology. Wear your best, perfume yourself, and feel the energy! 

10. Choose a spot, whether in the Masjid or in your home, where you can have peace and solitude. Keep your mushaf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that. 

11. IMP: This is not the night to tweet pics or update FB statuses about how amazing the night is and how you are feeling & worshipping Allah! Let that be a secret between you & your Rabb! So switch off those phones, wifi, laptops and computers. Disconnect with the world, and connect with al-‘Afuww!

12. If you find yourself feeling sleepy, vary your acts of worship. Alternate between qiyaam, heartfelt dua’a, reading the Qur’an. Do not spend the night listening to lectures or recitations. Or do it only for a short while when you feel the sleep coming on! 

13. Patience is the Key: The last 10 days might be tiring. You might still have work or school. This is the time to bear all that hardship, and keep firm sabr. Think how Allah has blessed you with this tremendous opportunity that might NEVER come again in your life again. If you knew for sure that this was your last day, if you knew certainly that Jannah was up for grabs, wouldn’t you sprint for it no matter what it takes?

14. This is most important: Keep husn adh-dhann bi Allah (good expectations from Allah). When you ask, remember you are asking the Most Generous King. If you hope for the best, He will give you the best. Don’t hold back. Trust in Him, pour out your heart in front of Him, and let no doubt, no barrier, no evil thoughts keep you away from ar-Rahman, ar-Raheem!

(From: Tawfique Chowdhury)

There is not a leaf that falls, water that spills, breath that ends, or life that begins but that Allah knows of it. Allah is always there. Allah is Ar-Rahmaan and Ar-Raheem and He wants the best for us. We have to turn to Allah, obey Him, ask Him for guidance and strength! Do that and watch how Allah handles your situation

Vocab

Commonly Used..
subhan'Allah - Glory be to God.

Astaghfirullah - Forgive me Allah.
Alhumdulillah - Praise be to God.

Masha'Allah - As God had willed.
Insha'Allah (i.A) - God Willing/ as God has willed.

Allahu-Akbar - God is the greatest.
La Illaha ill allah - There is no God but Allah.

Fi amaanillah - In Allah’s protection.
Allahu Alam - Allah knows best.

Aza wa jal - Mighty and majestic he is.
Barakallah Feek -  May Allah’s blessing be upon you (in general/ group)

Radiyallahu Anhu - used when the companion of the Prophet Muhammed is mentioned or used in writing. IT means - ‘May Allah be pleased with him’
[usually abbreviated as RA or RAA]
RadiAllahu anhaa- May Allah be pleased with her’ used after a female companion
[usually abbreviated as RA or RAA]

Some Quranic phrases that are recited often.
Innalilahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon - To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return

Bismillah ar rahman ar raheem - In the name of Allah the merciful, the compassionate.

Audhu Billahi min ash shaytaan ar rajeem - I seek protection in Allah from satan.

Words
Allah - God
Salam - peace
Hayaa - modesty
Taqwa - Fear Of Allah
Imaan - Faith
Dunya - world
Jannah - Paradise
Kaaba - Sacred mosque 🕋
Hadith - A collection of traditions containing sayings of the prophet Muhammad which, with accounts of his daily practice (the Sunna), constitute the major source of guidance for Muslims apart from the Quran.

Ill keep updating it if you wish! Thanks again for asking!
Virtues of Laylat al Qadr

1. All is Not Lost!
Do not let your ‘performance’ until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! It is not all lost! If you sincerely wish it could have been better – Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet! Start with a positive, sincere intention!

2. Understand
Today, take a little time to read the Tafseer of Surah al-Qadr to understand what actually happens this night! You will feel its power & greatness so much more!

3. 27th Night?
Do not wait for the 27th Night to give it your “all”. The entire last 10 days should be your target. Stay up each night! Would you want to miss Laylatul Qadr even “by chance”?

4. Follow the Sunnah
Do not fall into any innovations/celebrations any masjid or culture might try to promote. Follow the Sunnah! The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) guided us simply:“Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

5. Prophetic Du’a
Memorize and keep asking the dua’ taught by Rasulullah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam): “Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni” (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).

6. Lots of Du’a
Prepare a short dua’ list. Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allah! The Night of Qadr, of Destiny! Consciously pick each and everything you crucially wish for in this dunya, in your deen, family, and in your aakhirah! Don’t forget to include the brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and in grief!

7. Relax
Take brief naps during the day, if possible. Keep your stomach light and sleep as soon as you have prayed ‘isha. Do not delay! After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get ready for worship.

8. Don’t Neglect your Family!
Rasulullah made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night – if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up atleast for sometime! Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!

9. Look the Part
The way we dress and prepare has a big effect on our psychology. Wear your best, perfume yourself, and feel the energy!

10. Choose a Spot
Whether in the Masjid or in your home, where you can have peace and solitude. Keep your mushaf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that.

11. Social Media
This is not the night to tweet pics or update FB statuses about how amazing the night is and how you are feeling & worshipping Allah! Let that be a secret between you & your Rabb! So switch off those phones, wifi, laptops and computers. Disconnect with the world, and connect with al-‘Afuww!

12. Mix it up
If you find yourself feeling sleepy, vary your acts of worship. Alternate between qiyaam, heartfelt dua’a, reading the Qur’an. Do not spend the night listening to lectures or recitations. Or do it only for a short while when you feel the sleep coming on!

13. Patience is the Key
The last 10 days might be tiring. You might still have work or school. This is the time to bear all that hardship, and keep firm sabr. Think how Allah has blessed you with this tremendous opportunity that might NEVER come again in your life again. If you knew for sure that this was your last Ramadan , if you knew certainly that Jannah was up for grabs, wouldn’t you sprint for it no matter what it takes?

14. Most Importantly…
Keep husn adh-dhann bi Allah (good expectations from Allah). When you ask, remember you are asking the Most Generous King. If you hope for the best, He will give you the best. Don’t hold back. Trust in Him, pour out your heart in front of Him, and let no doubt, no barrier, no evil thoughts keep you away from ar-Rahman, ar-Raheem!

Each and every good thing that happens to you is a result of His Mercy and each and every dangerous or evil thing you are protected from is a result of His Mercy.
—  Imam Sa’di, Fath ar-Raheem al-Malik al-‘Alam
Some tips for the Last 10 Nights of Ramadhān

1. Do not let your performance until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet! Start with a positive, sincere intention!

2. Take out a little time to read the Tafseer of Surah al-Qadr to understand what actually happens this night! You will feel its power & greatness so much more!

3. Do not wait for the 27th Night to give it your “all”. The entire last 10 days should be your target. Stay up each night! Would you want to miss Laylatul Qadr even “by chance”?

4. Do not fall into any innovations/celebrations any masjid or culture might try to promote. Follow the Sunnah! The Prophet sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam guided us simply: “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

5. Memorize and keep reciting the dua taught by Rasoolallah sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam: "Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni” (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).

6. Prepare a dua list. Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allah! The Night of Qadr, of Destiny! Consciously pick each and everything you crucially wish for in this dunya, in your deen, family, and in your aakhirah! Don’t forget to include the brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and in grief!

7. Take brief naps during the day, if possible. Keep your stomach light and sleep as soon as you have prayed 'isha. Do not delay! After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get ready for worship.

8. Don’t neglect your family! RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night - if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up atleast for sometime! Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!

9. Choose a spot, whether in the Masjid or in your home, where you can have peace and solitude. Keep your mushaf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that.

10. Patience is the Key: The last ten days might be tiring. You might still have work or school. This is the time to bear all that hardship, and keep firm. Think how Allah has blessed you with this tremendous opportunity that might NEVER come again in your life again. If you knew for sure that this was your last Ramadan, if you knew certainly that Jannah was up for grabs, wouldn’t you sprint for it no matter what it takes?

11. And lastly remember you are asking the Most Generous King. If you hope for the best, He will give you the best. Don’t hold back. Trust in Him, pour out your heart in front of Him, and let no doubt, no barrier, no evil thoughts keep you away from Ar-Rahman, Ar-Raheem.

anonymous asked:

Hi ! I'm currently questioning Islam because I was raised with a rather toxic view of the religion. Hijab is forced on us and we are raised to see other religions as disbelievers who will burn. The image of God I was raised with is contradictory and extremely scary. I am trying to reconcile with my faith, but the contradictions bug me and it all worsens my anxiety because I am told questioning means Allah will punish me for that as well

I’ve had a similar experience, and Islam only became appealing when I formatted everything I was taught, and started fresh. I decided to go in with my own perspective, all my personal beliefs, and see if Islam would accept me. And alhamdulillah, it did. 

The thing about the image of God is a tough one. I think a lot of us can relate to how the scary, angry version of God was always at the forefront of our childhood Islamic education. It is so odd how we as Muslims choose to highlight those very small instances of Allah SWT expressing His disdain and ignore the words that we start every surah with - Bismillahi Al-Rahman Ar-Raheem (In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful). Other than that, when you actually read the Quran, you realize all Allah SWT ever talks about is forgiveness. He talks about how much He loves forgiveness, and that no matter how much we sin, He’s always there. It is said that Allah SWT’s love for you surpasses that of your mother 70 times (this is a figure of speech in Arabic. it’s not actually quantifiable). Imagine mothers spend all their lives caring for their children. How they give up things for themselves to give to their children. How a mother is constantly worried about her child’s whereabouts and health and well-being. How your mother can’t sleep until you do. How she stays up all night when you’re sick. A mother wants nothing but the best for her child. Still, all that is nothing compared to how much Allah SWT loves you. Add to that the fact that not only does He want the best for you, but He actually knows what’s best for you. That should be a comforting thought. That an all-powerful being is constantly watching over you, guiding you, testing you, molding you into the best version of yourself. I’m not gonna be able to fully describe Allah SWT to you here, but I really really recommend you start reading the Quran (with translation and tafsir if you don’t understand Arabic). Also watch this video. Changed my life. 

But really it just comes down to you taking that leap to learn for yourself. It took me years to overcome the fear of approaching the Quran and Islam deeply, but once I did, I didn’t regret it once. Yes, it’s difficult. Yes, you will experience cognitive dissonance sometimes, but nothing compares to finally feeling like you have a personal connection with God. Good luck. 

anonymous asked:

Ramadan Mubarak:) I am a Muslim from birth, but my mother is Catholic so we often neglect certain holidays for her sake. I don't agree with this myself, but when you're young pleasing parents is usually a bigger priority. I'm now seventeen and don't know how to pray at all, I don't know any passages from the Quran, and I'm old enough now to do things on my own. I'm so lost, but I know what I believe. What can I do?

Wa Alaikum Salam, my Dear Sister ♥

I am so happy to read this message as it shows me your Emaan, ma shaa Allah ♥ May Allah SWT reward you and give you a good life and afterlife, Ameen ♥

It is ok that you do not know how to pray (Salah) yet ♥ as you always need to start somewhere ♥ but Sister it is better that you are making the effort to make Salah, in shaa Allah, and that is very admirable, ma shaa Allah ♥

You need to start off slowly and with the basics my dear Sister ♥ because you know Islam and all that is required of you, you might not know where to start, but it is all very basic ♥ just take it one step at a time and in shaa Allah you will cover miles Ameen ♥

So the first thing I would show you are the Miracles in the Quran ♥ They are scientific, mathematical, biological (you name it)! Sitting and reading through some of these Miracles is a lot of motivation to know Allah SWT and start praising Him ♥ In shaa Allah ♥
Please go to the following website:
www.miraclesof thequran.com


Once you know some of the Miracles and In shaa Allah feel closer to Allah SWT, you can start making some Du’a and talking to Him ♥
Please read the following blog post on how to make Du’a:
http://islam-for-girls.tumblr.com/post/64386622603/salaam-i-am-struggling-with-how-to-properly-make

Now it is for the Salah ♥ There are five a day ♥ and they come at very specific times and last for a certain amount of time only ♥

Fajr – Before Sunrise
Dhur – When the sun is highest in the sky
Asr – Late Afternoon
Magrib – Sunset
Esha – Nightime

Each prayer has a certain amount of Rakaat ♥ A Rakaat is a single up and down movement done with prayers being recited ♥

Fajr – 2
Dhur – 4
Asr – 4
Magrib – 3
Esha – 4


In order to make Salah and perform these Rakaats, you need to know some certain Quranic verses and chapters (short ones for now, you can always lengthen it if you wish) ♥ So if you want to start making Salah, you can start by learning these prayers from the Quran ♥

If it looks like too much, don’t worry Sister, start off slowly ♥ Try to put these prayers somewhere you can easily access them, and recite them as much as possible for protection, guidance and forgiveness ♥ The more you casually recite the verses, the quicker you will learn them ♥ in shaa Allah ♥

You pronunciation does not need to be perfect, as long as you understand what you saying, that is what is most important ♥


The Fatigha ♥
This is the opening Surah (Chapter) of the Quran, and it is what you recite at the beginning of each Rakaat ♥

Transliteration:
Bismillaah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem
Al hamdu lillaahi rabbil ‘alameen
Ar-Rahman ar-Raheem Maaliki yaumid Deen
Iyyaaka na’abudu wa iyyaaka nasta’een
Ihdinas siraatal mustaqeem
Siraatal ladheena an ‘amta’ alaihim
Ghairil maghduubi’ alaihim waladaaleen
Aameen


Translation:
In the name of God, the infinitely Compassionate and Merciful.
Praise be to God, Lord of all the worlds.
The Compassionate, the Merciful. Ruler on the Day of Reckoning.
You alone do we worship, and You alone do we ask for help.
Guide us on the straight path,
the path of those who have received your grace;
not the path of those who have brought down wrath, nor of those who wander astray.
Amen


Al-Ikhlas (Purity)
This is a short Surah (Chapter number 112) which you can recite after the Fatigha, for one of the first two Rakaats only ♥

Transliteration:
Bismillaah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem
Qul huwallaahu ahad
Allahus samad
Lam yalid wa lam yuulad
Wa lamyakun lahuuu kufuwan ahad


Translation:
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Say: He is Allah, the One.
He is Allah, the Eternal,
Who was never born, nor ever gave birth.
The One beyond compare.


An-Naas (Mankind)
This is a short Surah (Chapter number 114) which you can recite after the Fatigha, for one of the first two Rakaats only ♥

Transliteration:
Bismillaah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem
Qul a’uudhi bi rabbin naas
Malikin naas
Ilaahin naas
Min sharril wawaasil khannas
Alladhee yuwaswisu fee suduurin naas
Minal Jinnati wa naas

Translation:
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Say: I take refuge in the Lord of mankind,
the Master of mankind,
the God of mankind,
from the evil of the secret tempter
who whispers in the hearts of men,
of the jinns and men.


Now to learn the movements and when to say those Dua’s:

You need to be facing the direction of the Qibla with wudu (ablution) and you need to be covered as prescribed, so that is everything except your face, hands and feet (from your ankles are veiled ♥
You need to be standing on mat which is clean and to be kept clean, for prayer in shaa Allah ♥
Please read the following link on how to make Wudu (ablution) ♥
http://www.wikihow.com/Perform-Wudu

If you are confused about in which direction the Qibla is, there are apps which you can download such as Salatuk, which use GPS to direct you what direction the Qibla is in and give reminders of the Salah times ♥ especially if there are no mosques around you ♥

Please read the following link on how to make Salah ♥ (it has pictures which is very helpful, ma shaa Allah):
http://www.wikihow.com/Perform-Salah


Aaytul Kursi ♥
This Du’a is a section of verses from the Quranic Chapter two, Surah Baqara ♥
This prayer you should recite frequently for protection, this prayer is not necessary for Salah though ♥

Transliteration:
Allahu laaa ilaaha illaa huwal haiyul qai-yoom;
laa taakhuzuhoo sinatunw wa laa nawm;
lahoo maa fissamaawaati wa maa fil ard;
man zallazee yashfa'u indahooo illaa be iznih;
ya'lamu maa baina aideehim wa maa khalfahum;
wa laa yuheetoona beshai ‘immin ‘ilmihee illa be maa shaaaa;
wasi'a kursiyyuhus samaa waati wal arda wa la ya'ooduho hifzuhumaa;
wa huwal aliyyul ‘azeem

Translation:
Allah! There is no god but He - the Living, The Self-subsisting, Eternal.
No slumber can seize Him Nor Sleep.
His are all things In the heavens and on earth.
Who is there can intercede In His presence except As he permitteth?
He knoweth What (appeareth to His creatures As) Before or After or Behind them.
Nor shall they compass Aught of his knowledge Except as He willeth.
His throne doth extend Over the heavens And on earth,
and He feeleth No fatigue in guarding And preserving them,
For He is the Most High. The Supreme (in glory).


Sister, I would just like to repeat that I have given you alot of information and I don’t want you to become overwhelmed by it, so take it at your pace in shaa Allah ♥

Start off with getting familiar with the prayers, by reciting them as much as possible ♥
Become familiar with the movements by imitating them, first without saying any prayers and then by simply saying the name of the prayer in the place where it should be in as you do the movements ♥

When you are ready to pray properly, do so ♥ The ideal is that you know the prayer off by heart and recite them from memory in Salah, but if in the beginning you need to read the prayers off from somewhere while making Salah, Allah SWT is Most-Merciful in shaa Allah ♥ 

If you need more help or are confused or too overwhelmed, please contact me over Tumblr chat or Kik (username: Merhmayd), or send me another question via the ask-box as this one; in shaa Allah ♥ Ameen ♥ Please just make reference that you are the one who sent this message, just so I know who I am talking to as this message is anonymous ♥ 

In shaa Allah all will be well with you, Sister ♥ Ameen 

♥♥ Ramadaan Mubarak ♥♥

anonymous asked:

i feel like all my life i've betrayed Allah. so how can He still love me and grant me my wishes? i feel like i dont deserve islam at all

as-Salaam Alaykum!

Thats why He calls Himself ar-Rahman, ar-Raheem, al-Haleem (The Most Forbearing and does not hasten the punishment for His slave), al-Wadud (The Most Loving, The Most Affectionate, The Beloved, The Loving-Kindness, The One who loves. The One who is the source of all love and loving-kindness. This word was specifically chosen to show that Allah not only loves you, but that He shows you He loves you)

We cannot grasp how Merciful Allah is. No matter how much we mess up He promises to forgive if we repent. Alhamdulillah!

Please dont let Shytaan make you loose hope in Allah’s Mercy. Repent today.

You are a muslim and Allah loves you. Turn to your Lord and He will take care of you.

Here is something that might help you insha'Allah

http://reverthelp.tumblr.com/post/148538441566/i-committed-a-sin-again-i-didnt-mean-to-do-it

And Allah knows best

Please check out @asma-al-husna (https://asma-al-husna.tumblr.com/ )
Each and every act of mercy which happens in this universe is a result of Allaah’s Mercifulness.
—  Imam Sa’di, Fath ar-Raheem al-Malik al-‘Alam

When making du'aa remember that Allah is Ar-Rahman, He is Ar-Raheem, He is Al-Ghafoor, He is Al-Mutakabbir, He is Al-Ali, He has 99 beautiful names that show us that He is Allah the one and only. He has the power to give you whatever you want. Allah tells us in Surah Ghafir “Call upon Me, I will respond to you.” So pray for BIG things, things that seem difficult to fathom, things that blow your mind. Don’t limit yourself to what you ask of Him.

[Ar-Raheem/The Compassionate)
Like the name Ar-Rahman, this divine name Ar-Raheem often appears in the Qurān and also in the intensive form is derived from rahma (mercy). Here mercy implies pity, patience and forgiveness, all of which sinners need. Allah’s compassion towards us consists in:
- Him overlooking our sins and accepting our repentance - Blessing us with numerous bounties - His affection for us both in this world and the next
- Granting rewards to us in Paradise - His favours to us “There is no God but He, the All-Merciful, the Compassionate” (2.163)
Allah is more merciful than vengeful. In a Hadith, He says “My Mercy surpasses my wrath” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)
In the Hereafter, Allah is All-Compassionate to the believers only. “My mercy embraces all things, and I shall prescribe it for those who are God-fearing” (7.156)
“Do you think this mother would throw her infant child in the fire? Allah is more merciful to His servants than she is to her child.” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim) “O My servants who have transgressed against their own souls, do not despair of Allah’s mercy, surely He is the All-Forgiving, the All-Compassionate” (39.53)
To be merciful is essential for a Muslim: “The merciful ones will be given mercy by the All-Merciful. Be merciful to those who are on this Earth, and the one in the heavens will have mercy upon you.”
(Al Bukhari, Tirmidhi) -
The one who craves Allah’s mercy shows compassion to others.

Powerful Tips for the Last 10 Nights - by Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury

1. Do not let your ‘performance’ until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! It is not all lost! If you sincerely wish it could have been better - Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet! Start with a positive, sincere intention!

2. Today, take a little time to read the Tafseer of Surah al-Qadr to understand what actually happens this night! You will feel its power & greatness so much more!

3. Do not wait for the 27th Night to give it your “all”. The entire last 10 days should be your target. Stay up each night! Would you want to miss Laylatul Qadr even “by chance”?

4. Do not fall into any innovations/celebrations any masjid or culture might try to promote. Follow the Sunnah! The Prophet (sallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam) guided us simply: “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

5. Memorize and keep asking the dua’ taught by Rasulullah (sallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam): Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).

6. Prepare a short dua’ list. Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allah! The Night of Qadr, of Destiny! Consciously pick each and everything you crucially wish for in this dunya, in your deen, family, and in your aakhirah! Don’t forget to include the brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and in grief!

7. Take brief naps during the day, if possible. Keep your stomach light and sleep as soon as you have prayed 'isha. Do not delay! After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get. ready for worship.

8. Don’t neglect your family! Rasulullah made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night - if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up atleast for sometime! Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!

9. Look the Part: The way we dress and prepare.has a big effect on our psychology. Wear your best, perfume yourself, and feel the energy!

10. Choose a spot, whether in the Masjid or in your home, where you can have peace and solitude. Keep your mushaf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that.

11. IMP: This is not the night to tweet pics or update FB statuses about how amazing the night is and how you are feeling & worshipping Allah! Let that be a secret between you & your Rabb! So switch off those phones, wifi, laptops and computers. Disconnect with the world, and connect with al-'Afuww!

12. If you find yourself feeling sleepy, vary your acts of worship. Alternate between qiyaam, heartfelt dua'a, reading the Qur'an. Do not spend the night listening to lectures or recitations. Or do it only for a short while when you feel the sleep coming on!

13. Patience is the Key: The last 10 days might be tiring. You might still have work or school. This is the time to bear all that hardship, and keep firm sabr. Think how Allah has blessed you with this tremendous opportunity that might NEVER come again in your life again. If you knew for sure that this was your last Ramadan , if you knew certainly that Jannah was up for grabs, wouldn’t you sprint for it no matter what it takes?

14. This is most important: Keep husn adh-dhann bi Allah (good expectations from Allah). When you ask, remember you are asking the Most Generous King. If you hope for the best, He will give you the best. Don’t hold back. Trust in Him, pour out your heart in front of Him, and let no doubt, no barrier, no evil thoughts keep you away from ar-
Rahman, ar-Raheem!

Allahumma ballighna laylatal qadr..

Hey, wait. 

There’s still hope, and you know in your heart there is still hope.

No matter what problem you are facing right now, no matter how painful or hard it is, you know there is hope for a better tomorrow, because you know in your heart, that Allaah Azza Wa Jall doesn’t burden a soul more than it can bear.

Sometimes we face challenges and tests in our lives that seem impossible to be solved or withstand at, but Alhamdulillaah we always find Allaah Azza Wa Jall at our side. It’s just sometimes we tend not to recognize what we always had, and that is Allaah Azza Wa Jall being with us, in every step we make. Subhan'Allaah.

There is no luck in life, everything happens through the Will, the Qadr of Allaah Azza Wa Jall. If a bullet shot for you was to pass by you, it is no luck but His Qadr. 

In life, we stumble, we fall and then we SHOULD get up and stand again. Failure is not a reason for us to turn away from Him, rather a portal that we should get into so we could understand His Qadr and learn to accept reality and deal with it, it is a doorway closer to Him, if only we had a heart that accepts every failure that this life throws at us.

Sometimes all we have to do is just ask, ask of Him, in our prayers.

Its fascinating how when we have all the sources in this world, we tend to forget who was the One who Willed for us to have that sources, who have Provided that sources for us, and yet when a calamity, a test, a hardship comes at us and all these sources slowly fades, taken away from us, then we slowly regard, recognize and remember him, why?

Why does the heart get blinded with so much luxuries of this world that it can’t see no more? How can a heart stay clean when it remembers not even the word Alhamdulillaah?

My brothers and sisters in Islam, i come again to you, asking you and telling you that there is hope for each and everyone of us, we can always repent and if anything we can always change to the better us, as long as we sincerely call upon Him, Allaah Azza Wa Jall will forgive us, because He is Ar Rahmaan, Ar Raheem and guide us because He is Al Haadi as well.

He says;

“Call upon me, I will respond to you.” 40:60

So why can’t we call upon Him? Is it because you think you have sinned too much? Is it not more shameful that He whom you displease everyday of your life, call upon you 5 times a day and you just turn your back on Him? Is that not more shameful?

We are weak, we will make mistakes, no one is perfect, no son of Adaam Alaihi Salaam has not committed a sin. So how come we are not ashamed on committing sins yet ashamed on asking forgiveness from Him?

Listen, the prayer is a gift from Allaah Azza Wa Jall. It is the best method of showing gratitude and asking forgiveness from Him. 

Learn to fill your heart with much gratitude for Allaah Azza Wa Jall, make your eyes see what is better and what is right, let your ears hear no evil but hear only what is haqq and let not your tongue utter a word of disrespect to others or defamation to anyone rather let it speak of what your religion says, of what is good and what is better and let it be sealed in silence at times when anger emerges in and from you.

Indeed, a heart of a believer never gets tired of asking and repenting for it knows that His Lord never gets tired of giving and forgiving.

So don’t give up yet.

You’re a Muslim, we don’t give up. 

We accept, face and deal with every hardship & test this life throws at us, with complete obedience, patience and tolerance for the sake of Allaah Azza Wa Jall.

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and we pray that Allaah Azza Wa Jall fills our heart with such gratitude that we are able to see the good in every situation and with that our lamps of hope are enlightened with flames that shall guide to the path towards him.

Amin

Zohayma

It [Allaah’s Mercy] fills the entire heavens and the earth, and it fills the hearts of His slaves such that it brings with it mercy towards one another.
—  Imam Sa’di, Fath ar-Raheem al-Malik al-‘Alam

Powerful Tips for the Last 10 Nights:

1. Do not let your ‘performance’ until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! It is not all lost! If you sincerely wish it could have been better - Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet! Start with a positive, sincere intention!

2. Today, take a little time to read the Tafseer of Surah al-Qadr to understand what actually happens this night! You will feel its power & greatness so much more!

3. Do not wait for the 27th Night to give it your “all”. The entire last 10 days should be your target. Stay up each night! Would you want to miss Laylatul Qadr even “by chance”?

4. Do not fall into any innovations/celebrations any masjid or culture might try to promote. Follow the Sunnah! The Prophet (sallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam) guided us simply: “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

5. Memorize and keep asking the dua’ taught by Rasulullah (sallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam): Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).

6. Prepare a short dua’ list. Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allah! The Night of Qadr, of Destiny! Consciously pick each and everything you crucially wish for in this dunya, in your deen, family, and in your aakhirah! Don’t forget to include the brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and in grief!

7. Take brief naps during the day, if possible. Keep your stomach light and sleep as soon as you have prayed 'isha. Do not delay! After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get. ready for worship.

8. Don’t neglect your family! Rasulullah made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night - if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up atleast for sometime! Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!

9. Look the Part: The way we dress and prepare.has a big effect on our psychology. Wear your best, perfume yourself, and feel the energy!

10. Choose a spot, whether in the Masjid or in your home, where you can have peace and solitude. Keep your mushaf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that.

11. IMP: This is not the night to tweet pics or update FB statuses about how amazing the night is and how you are feeling & worshipping Allah! Let that be a secret between you & your Rabb! So switch off those phones, wifi, laptops and computers. Disconnect with the world, and connect with al-'Afuww!

12. If you find yourself feeling sleepy, vary your acts of worship. Alternate between qiyaam, heartfelt dua'a, reading the Qur'an. Do not spend the night listening to lectures or recitations. Or do it only for a short while when you feel the sleep coming on!

13. Patience is the Key: The last 10 days might be tiring. You might still have work or school. This is the time to bear all that hardship, and keep firm sabr. Think how Allah has blessed you with this tremendous opportunity that might NEVER come again in your life again. If you knew for sure that this was your last Ramadan , if you knew certainly that Jannah was up for grabs, wouldn’t you sprint for it no matter what it takes?

14. This is most important: Keep husn adh-dhann bi Allah (good expectations from Allah). When you ask, remember you are asking the Most Generous King. If you hope for the best, He will give you the best. Don’t hold back. Trust in Him, pour out your heart in front of Him, and let no doubt, no barrier, no evil thoughts keep you away from ar-
Rahman, ar-Raheem!

Allahumma balighna laylatal qadr.

—  Shaykh Tawfique Choudhury

Have we truly lost contact with Allah? 

Go and ask yourselves.
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I’ve been getting a lot of questions with this issue for the past week, indeed salah is a continuing struggle for us to maintain and this is not to be denied, everyone had and is having problems with keeping it up.

But do not let the thought of it stay in your hearts, tell me what does it make you feel after you have performed salah?

Some may say I feel better, I feel at home, alhamdulillah these are just some of the wonderful effects that salah leaves in us but today I want to address the “I don’t feel anything, it’s okay, it’s obligatory that’s why or that my parents says so answers.”
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Before this becomes an issue about salah, it was an issue about your niyyah [intention].

Why do you pray? Why do you do that? Reflect!

If you have a problem from this phase then is it just gestures that you are doing and at the end you tell I’ve give up salah because Allah doesn’t answer my prayers. Astagfirullah.

We blame Allah for every prayer not yet to be answered or prayer that was null? Why not look at ourselves, do we have the correct niyyah, the correct way? We don’t even have khushoo in our salah because the moment we stand there we think of all the things we need to do after the salah. Astagfirullah.

Then you come and say you stopped praying because my prayers were not answered?
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Countless times, I have posted stories here that connects to the power of dua after the salah is made. The du'a of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam for rain, the du'a of Al'Ala Ibn Hadrami Radiyallahu Anhu for their camels to come back, these are just examples. 

But I’ll tell you something that really works, and that is the remembrance of death, it’s quite fascinating that this thought works wonders on a person rather than the remembrance of Allah Azza Wa Jall. 

Whatever the reason is, we pray its for the best. 

Once, Abu Ayub Radiyallahu Anhu came to the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam telling him about his prayer problem, so he told and advised Abu Ayub by saying:

“When you stand up to pray, pray [as if it were] a farewell prayer.”

My brothers and sisters in Islam, how can we be at eased like this when we know how we are doing with our salah? Does it not come to you, for a moment, that maybe the adhan you just heard may be the last adhan you’ll hear? 

How will you answer Allah when he asks you why did you not pray? When you know in yourself that you were given so many chances?
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It hurts the heart so much of realizing how much we have disconnected ourselves from Allah Azza Wa Jall. Yes, we may be doing a lot of dawa'ah work, speaking infront of people or inspiring people to do good and all but at the moment we are alone and we think to ourselves, how?

How could we tell people and advise them to pray when we ourselves are not doing so? Astagfirullah. 
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Prayer is a gift, and we told not to refuse any gift out of mercy and kindness that we should accept every gift because it is a gift, then why do you refuse to pray?

The problem is not the society, nor your peers, it is yourself, it is your own self, that is the problem, so concentrate there not on other people. 

Remember that Islam doesn’t stay in Makkah only, it is where there is a Mu'min, as long as there is a heart that recognizes and obeys the commandments of Allah Azza Wa Jall then Islam is here.
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So before I end this, I would like to leave this Hadith Qudsi for all those who are having problems with their salah, I want to let you know that indeed Allah Azza Wa Jall answers you and this is one of the many things that will justify it:

The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said:

“Allah Azza Wa Jall has said: I have divided the prayer between Myself and My slave: into two halves, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.

When he says: Alhamdu lillahi rabbi al'Alameen [Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds] 
Allah says: My slave has praised Me.

When he says: Ar Rahman Ar Raheem [The Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy]
Allah says: My slave has extolled me.

When he says: Maliki yawmi adeen [Master of the Day of Judgement]
Allah says: My slave has glorified me.

When he says: Iyyaka na Abudu wa iyyaka nastaeen [It is You alone we worship and it is You alone we ask for help]
Allah says: This is between Me and My slave, and My slave shall have what he asked for.

When he says: Ihdina assirata almustaqeem, sirata allatheena an'amta ‘alayhim ghayri almaghdubi 'alayhim wala adalleen [Guide us to the Straight Path, the path of those whom You have favoured, not the path of those who have incurred Your anger, nor those who have gone astray]
Allah says: All these are for My slave, and my slave shall have what he asked for.”
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And that is the excellence of Al Fatihah, and that my brothers and sisters in Islam, has been there and is there and will always be there whenever you pray salah. 

Usually, this is what I tell people who are having problems with their salah, they have to be reminded of the excellence of the prayer they are saying, in this case the grandeur and rewards that is there in Al Fatihah.
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And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall enlighten our hearts. Amin

Zohayma
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Stories were taken from:

• Ahmad, Vo. 5, p. 412, Sahih Al Jami, Hadith no, 742
• Sahih Muslim, Book of Prayer

I love this ayah and here’s why. Both “Rahman” and “Raheem” have to do with mercy, but they’re different. First, we need to understand mercy. The Arabs’ definition of mercy is the relationship between a mother to her child while she is pregnant. The child has no problems whatsoever and everything it needs is fulfilled, from food to cleansing, through the mother. This is mercy.

Now, Rahman has 3 qualities.

  1. By definition, it’s something extreme. In the Arabic language whenever the suffix “aan” is added to a word at its end, it makes it extreme. For example, “Atash” means thirsty. “Atshaan” is used to portray one who is extremely thirsty. So Rahman means extremely merciful.

  2. It is something that is happening right now. Not only is it extreme, but it is happening right now. The problem here is that English doesn’t have a word for this. For example, I can say I am patient, but you wouldn’t know if I’m being patient right now. It just means that I have the quality of patience that comes out sometimes. So closer to the actual meaning of Rahman is “The One who is being extremely Merciful right now.”

  3. The last quality of Rahman is a bit scary. It is temporary. Some words like Rahman are "jo'aan" and "atshaan" which mean hungry and thirsty respectively. Something comes to take both away. Food comes to take hunger away while water comes to take thirst away. In the same way, you might do something that will cause Allah to take the mercy away. That’s pretty scary.

So the closest meaning of Rahman is “One who is being extremely merciful right now, but may take the mercy away”.

Now Raheem has 2 qualities.

  1. Raheem is permanent. The mercy is always there. So Raheem means “Always Merciful”.

  2. The mercy is always there, but it’s not necessarily happening right now. I’ll give you an example. When someone is strong, does that mean they’re using their strength right now? If they’re sleeping, are they using their strength? No. But they have the capability to use the strength. That’s how Raheem works.

So the closest meaning of Raheem is “One who is always merciful, but it’s not necessarily happening right now.

Now, how does Allah say He is extremely merciful, His mercy is permanent, His mercy comes right now, and all the other good things? By saying "Ar-Rahman nir Ar-Raheem”, Allah covered all these qualities of being merciful. Subhan'Allah.

The reason why I love this ayah so much is because of this. As humans, we have problems all the time. When someone has a problem, they’re worried about the right now and not the future. But when everything is great right now, they worry about the future. By the definition of Rahman, our problems right now are covered. And by the definition of Raheem, our future problems are covered. Truly, no one can compare to the mercy of Allah.

Now do you understand what we actually mean when we say “بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم”? We not only ask for His mercy right now, but we want His mercy for the future. Similarly, you should understand Surah Rahman better. So which of the favors of your Lord will you deny?

Pray 2 rakah and pour your heart out to Al-Wadud - The All loving, Ar Raheem - The Most Merciful, Al Kareem - The Most Generous, Al Fattah - The Opener, Al Alim - The Knower of All, As Sami - The Hearer of All. He is there, He knows everything. Cry to Him. He won’t leave your hands empty.