A lady sat next to the taxi driver while all the seats were empty in the back..
She’s the wife of the taxi driver
A man with a long beard walked past a masjid while the people were praying, and he didn’t enter to pray..
He had prayed in another masjid where they pray immediately after the adhaan
You sit next to someone and say salam, but they didn’t reply back..
Easy, they didn’t hear you
A friend from college declines an invitation to go out for coffee..
He’s not miserly but he sees how much sweat his father puts into his work in order to send him some money every month..
Most of the time, we only see part of the picture, so imagine the rest of the picture in a positive way in order to not wrong others. Think good about the people and you will be at ease.
One of the righteous people said: If I see someone with alcohol dripping from his beard, then I’ll say perhaps it spilled on him. And if I see him on top of a mountain saying, ‘I am your lord most high’ (أنا ربكم الأعلى), then I’ll say he’s reciting an ayah from the Quran.
One of the righteous people said: By Allah, it’s already difficult for the slave to know his full intention when doing anything, so how can he go about taking hold of other people’s intentions? Subhan Allah.
Always give excuses for others and think good about them, and say perhaps he has an excuse that we don’t know.
“There’s this ayah from the Quran that my dad always quotes when he sees something bad on TV. A fire or a flood or a bombing. ‘Whoever kills one person, it is as if he has killed all of mankind – and whoever saves one person, it is as if he has saved all of mankind.’ When I was a little kid, that always made me feel better. Because no matter how bad things get, there are always people who rush in to help. And according to my dad, they are blessed.”
Ms. Marvel #2 by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Ian Herring
GRYFFINDOR: “There’s this ayah from the Quran that my dad always quotes when he sees something bad on TV. A fire or a flood or a bombing. ‘Whoever kills one person, it is as if he has killed all of mankind… And whoever saves one person, it is as if he has saved all of mankind.’ When I was a little kid, that always made me feel better. Because no matter how bad things get there are always people who rush in to help. And according to my dad they are blessed.” –G Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel Vol 1)
Most of the people of knowledge
regard it as a confirmed sunnah(mu’akkadah). Imam
Abu Hanifah said it was mandatory (wajib), while
imam Malik regarded it as equal to salatal-jumu`ah (Friday
Prayer) in importance.
How to Pray It
An eclipse prayer is made up of two
rak'aat (units of prayer):
1. Stand up
for prayer as normal
Qur’an as you normally would
3. Go into
rukoo’ (bow) and prolong the rukoo with du'as
4. Stand up
and recite Qur’an again
5. Go into
rukoo’ (bow) again and prolong the rukoo’ with du'as but not
as long as the first rukoo
6. Stand up
and then go into sujood (prostration) and prolong the sujood
7. Sit up
8. Go into
sujood again and prolong it (but not as long as the first
the above steps for the second raka'h
min ghadhabihi wa ‘iqaabihi
I seek refuge in the perfect words
of Allah from His anger and His
[Imam Abu Dawud]
Ayah from the Quran
And among His Signs are the night and the day, the sun and the moon.
Prostrate neither to the sun nor to the moon, but prostrate to Allah who
created them, if it is truly Him you worship.
[Surah Fussilat, Verse 37]
Brief points about the above Ayah
1 - To believe that heavenly bodies (sun, moon, planets, stars) have power
over events and people’s fates and fortunes is to reject Allah by ascribing
partners to Him. One cannot worship Allah by worshipping creation whether
the devotions are offered to nature, heavenly bodies, idols, or human
2 - Solar and lunar eclipses are reminders of the Day of Judgment, when the
sun, moon, and stars will all lose their light. Allah Jalla wa 'Alaa
mentions, “When the sight is dazed, and the moon is buried in darkness,
the sun and moon are joined together, man will say on that day, ‘Where is
the refuge?’” (Al-Qiyamah 75: 7-10)
3 - The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The sun and the moon are two of
the signs of Allah; they do not darken for the death or birth of any
person, but Allah strikes fear into His servants by means of them. So when
you see them darken, remember and mention Allah, declare His greatness,
offer Prayer, give in charity, and supplicate to Him and seek His
forgiveness.” These words were said by the noble Prophet (peace and
blessings be upon him) when a solar eclipse took place on the very day that
his infant son Ibrahim passed away.
`Aisha (may Allah be pleased with
In the lifetime of Allah’s Apostle
(peace be upon him) the sun eclipsed, so
he led the people in prayer, and
stood up and performed a long Qiyam, then
bowed for a long while. He stood up
again and performed a long Qiyam but
this time the period of standing was
shorter than the first. He bowed again
for a long time but shorter than the
first one, then he prostrated and
prolonged the prostration. He did
the same in the second rak`a as he did in
the first and then finished the
prayer; by then the sun (eclipse) had
He delivered the Khutba (sermon) and
after praising and glorifying Allah he
said, “The sun and the moon are two
signs against the signs of Allah; they
do not eclipse on the death or life
of anyone. So when you see the eclipse,
remember Allah and say Takbir, pray
and give Sadaqa.” The Prophet then
said, “O followers of Muhammad! By
Allah! There is none who has more ghaira
(self-respect) than Allah as He has
forbidden that His slaves, male or
female, commit adultery (illegal
sexual intercourse). O followers of
Muhammad! By Allah! If you knew that
which I know you would laugh little
how does someone strengthen their faith? I'm trying my best to stick to my religion, I want to go to Jannah, but I can't pray, read Quran, I feel so guilty but it's like there's something stopping me from having a strong faith. Any help you can give me?
Salaam, first of all I think it’s best you speak to someone with proper knowledge on Islam so that they can advise you in the best way. Please make sure you do this as it’s really part of the process of having stronger faith, seeking correct knowledge.
I think it’s important to know that in a situation like this, unfortunately Shaytan is winning in a way. Just think about that and understand what it means. This isn’t some symbolic make belief story. This is real. Shaytan and his followers are out there to prove to Allah that mankind is weak and should never have been Allah’s favorite creation. Jealousy is deep but haters gon be haters and we need to step up our game so that we don’t lose out. Shaytan is pushing you to feel like you can’t pray or read Quran. The good news is that your guilt, that is your reminder that you have strength in you somewhere. You just need to dig deeper to bring that strength out there. So now we know that the ‘something’ that’s stopping you from having stronger faith and Iman is Shaytan, congratulations, you’re like all of us. We’re all fighting that battle. A few important points for you to work on inshaAllah:
Salaah - You need to try to push yourself to pray. That regular connection with Allah really helps. Yes the 5 times a day is what we should all be doing, but if you find that difficult, don’t just give up on it. Start with one a day. Isha is usually a good one to start with because you know you’re going to sleep at roughly the same time most days and you can just pray before you sleep. Then I’d say slowly start adding an extra Salaah.
Dua & seeking help from Allah - The other thing that’s really important is that you make dua loads. It doesn’t matter how much Shaytan tries to misguide you, when Allah helps you, nothing can stop you! Even if you’re missing Salaah, there’s nothing stopping you just putting your head on the ground and begging Allah to help you keep up your Salaah. Ask Allah to help you and trust me, He will if your dua is sincere. Challenge yourself to make dua continuously until it makes you cry. Don’t get up until you cry in dua. If you find that easy, then cry more before Allah. Let it all out to Him, it will make you feel so much better. There are also many duas and ayahs from the Quran that are specifically to protect you from the whispers of Shaytan and his influence. It’s probably best you seek advice from a scholar or reputable Imam to find out about what duas/ayahs are best for you. Let me know if you struggle on getting this info.
Refrain from sinning - This is pretty much as simple as it sounds. Keep yourself away from sins. Sinning by missing obligatory things like Salaah is one thing, but if on top of that you’re sinning more by doing haram things (eg. alcohol, sex, drugs), then you have to work on that. This applies to every single one of us, we all have to try to avoid sinning in order to strengthen our Iman. The more we sin, the more distant we become from Allah and as a result, it becomes easier for Shaytan to misguide us. Logical and simple, but very important.
Knowledge & love for Allah is motivation - The last thing is I’d recommend watching Islamic lectures and videos. Going to Islamic talks and short courses. Learning about the proper meaning of the Quran. Basically anything that will serve as a reminder and more importantly, give you the correct knowledge. If you learn more about Islam, you’ll find it easier to work on your deen. I think eventually, you have to fall in love with Islam and this will happen when you learn enough about Allah and Islam. The knowledge will give you motivation to do more, including the things mentioned above and do them even better. When you understand why you want what is right, you’ll find it easier to work towards.
I hope this helps. Pleaseeeee get in touch any time if you want more help!
May Allah make it easy for you and accept this small message as a step in the right direction, and count it as a step towards Him. I pray that Allah gives you the strength you want to increase your Iman, and if your strength isn’t enough just yet, then I pray that Allah increases it until it is enough to help you find your way and guarantee yourself a place in Jannah. Ameen!
And if Allah were to impose blame on the people for what they have earned, He would not leave upon the earth any creature. But He defers them for a specified term. And when their time comes, then indeed Allah has ever been, of His servants, Seeing.