A wife is the one who heals the heart of her husband.
She comforts him and brings tranquility to his soul.
She is his friend, his companion, his support and the one he trusts and confides within.
She covers his faults and does not expose the affairs of their home to the world.
She safeguards his secret and overlooks his shortcomings.
She brings peace to his heart and soothes the pain of his soul. She makes him smile when he is down and reminds him when he is neglectful.
She wants goodness for him in the world, but she advises him about desiring the akhirah.
She stands by him whether in ease or hardship.
She respects him and misses him when he isn’t around.
She prays with him to show their gratitude and she jokes with him to show her affection.
She prays that their love and compassion for one another increases and she asks Allah to gather them together in the gardens of paradise.
This is what we learn from the great women of Islam from the early generations of this ummah. This rule can be applied for both genders.
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Allah’s Apostle said, “Fasting is a shield (or a screen or a shelter). So, the person observing fasting should avoid sexual relation with his wife and should not behave foolishly and impudently, and if somebody fights with him or abuses him, he should tell him twice, ‘I am fasting.” The Prophet added, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, the smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is better in the sight of Allah than the smell of musk. (Allah says about the fasting person), 'He has left his food, drink and desires for My sake. The fast is for Me. So I will reward (the fasting person) for it and the reward of good deeds is multiplied ten times.”
Lately there have been a lot of anons asking about memorizing surahs for salah (prayer). A sister (may Allah reward her) sent me these links as a recommendation of how to learn to memorize prayer and surahs.
If you find it hard waking up for Fajr salah then recite Sūrat al-Ikhlās (Qul huwa Allāhu ahad) 3 times and then hold a clear intention of waking up in your heart. An angel will be appointed by Allāh (Subhānahu wa ta'āla) who will wake you up just before Fajr salah. I’ve tried it many times and it has worked all the time. Subhan'Allāh.
InShaAllah, this Ramadan will mark 5 years since I started praying Salah regularly…
I’m not posting this to brag or show off, but to hopefully help every one who is struggling with praying their salah.
Before I even started praying I used to sit on social media all day, I’d post a few Qur’an ayah here and there, and I used to feel as though what I am doing as a muslim was enough. That my imaan was growing because of my social media posts. It wasn’t.
I used to keep getting into islamic debates online, I’d argue against non-muslims and defend Islam against terrorism, I’d debate with brothers and sisters about ‘what is hijab’, and about music, and about all sorts of other things - the typical arguments you see online. I had a lot of things going on in my life and I used to vent my frustration online… to random people - but it never gave me peace.
I would sit on the computer and watch islamic lectures on youtube, about the history of Islam, about marriage, about famous muslims from the past, about the importance of Salah, but the irony was I would watch these videos on salah, while neglecting the times of prayer. - I still couldn’t find peace, I was always moody and used to keep my distance with my family.
Ramadan 2012 was around the corner, I used to see these posts about ‘Ramadan muslims’ and how certain muslims will only act religious in Ramadan and not any other time of the year - It frustrated me even more, as I felt that I was one of those people. So I set myself a goal. I used Ramadan as a catalyst. I prayed all Salah during Ramadan and used that motivation to continue after Ramadan. I tried my best. Every single Salah I tried my best to pray.
I focused on my Fajr Salah first, if I could wake up for Fajr, then the other four should be a piece of cake. So I was there, I never missed a single Salah for a whole year - and with it I felt more peace around me, I felt closer to my family as well.
I won’t lie to you, after the first year, I kind of slacked with my Salah, I missed one fajr, and then began delaying certain prayers through the day - but I would still make sure I made up for them. Even if I wasn’t on time, I would do my best to pray the missed salah - it started having an effect on me as a person again, I started getting moody at times, and lost my temper easily.
Alhamdulillah, for the past few weeks I’ve been striving to pray on time again, especially now that Ramadan is here. So I just want to tell anyone that has difficulty with their prayers, and get told they are just ‘Ramadan Muslims’ - don’t worry, this could be the year you start praying every single salah. Just keep yourself motivated. Ramadan is the best time to make that change. Everyone has a starting point, but I want to say something; it may be cliche, but I can honestly say I have seen the benefit in my life, as a person, that salah has helped me gain more patience.
If you’re not praying salah on time, or are missing it, do your best and you will see how much your life improves.
The Prophet said, “Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”
By the morning hours, and by the night when it is stillest, your Rabb has neither forsaken you, O Muhammad, nor is He displeased. And verily, the Hereafter will be better for you than the present. And, indeed, in time will your Sustainer grant you [what your heart desires], and you shall be well-pleased. Did He not find you an orphan and give you shelter? And He found you lost and guided you. Did He not find you poor and made you self-sufficient? Therefore, do not treat the orphan with harshness, and do not drive away the beggar, and rehearse the bounty of your Rabb.
Imagine yourself — alone — with nothing surrounding you except silence and the word of Allah subhana wa ta’ala. Imagine yourself — being the only soul awake to speak to your Lord — while the rest of the world sleeps.
It is just you and Him. He wants to hear you. He wants to hear your dua’as. He wants you to call on Him. He wants you to cry to Him.
Allah subhana wa ta’ala has mentioned two actions in the Qur’an that His righteous slaves do early in the morning: glorifying and praising Allah (tasbeeh) and seeking forgiveness for sins (istighfar):
Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) said, “If anyone of you can get one Rak'a of the 'Asr prayer before sunset, he should complete his prayer. If any of you can get one Rak'a of the Fajr prayer before sunrise, he should complete his prayer.”
[Sahih Bukhari Vol. 1, no. 531. Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan]
Salah was the coolness of the eyes of the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم , it is the connection between a servant and his Lord. A private conversation between you and Allāh ﷻ . If you can’t find peace In salah, im afraid you won’t find it anywhere else.
SAHIH-alBUKHARI : Characteristics of Prayer : Hadith 66
Narrated Rifa'a bin Rafi AzZuraqi:
One day we were praying behind the Prophet. When he raised his head from bowing, he said, “Sami'a-l-lahu Liman hamida.” A man behind him said, “Rabbana walaka-l hamd hamdan Kathiran taiyiban mubarakan fihi” (O our Lord! All the praises are for You, many good and blessed praises). When the Prophet completed the prayer, he asked, “Who has said these words?” The man replied, “I.” The Prophet said, “I saw over thirty angels competing to write it first.” Prophet rose (from bowing) and stood straight till all the vertebrae of his spinal column came to a natural position.
SAHIH-alBUKHARI : Characteristics of Prayer : Hadith 66/134
- walk for few minutes so you are completely awake*
- Sunnah prayer * - Fajr Salah 2 rakah - Ask Allah to forgive you* - Read some Quran* because Allah loves those who read it in these hours - Plan your day.*
-Spend one hour on your goal each day* - If you have a late start at work, you can take a nap!* (Its ok!)
Just a tip - To keep yourself awake, wake up 5 minutes before fajr and watch some youtube videos or spend few minutes on tumblr. The phone light will wake you up! And, If you aren’t a morning person you can pray your fajr and go to sleep again. Allah knows and understands you are trying! * - Optional!
What is one special wish, beside Entering in Jannah, Seeing the beauty of Allah, and reunion with your family, something which you actually desire and dream of?
Something special you can’t wait to ask Allah for? What is it?