عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ مَنْ قَالَ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ، وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ، وَهْوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيرٌ‏.‏ فِي يَوْمٍ مِائَةَ مَرَّةٍ، كَانَتْ لَهُ عَدْلَ عَشْرِ رِقَابٍ، وَكُتِبَ لَهُ مِائَةُ حَسَنَةٍ، وَمُحِيَتْ عَنْهُ مِائَةُ سَيِّئَةٍ، وَكَانَتْ لَهُ حِرْزًا مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ يَوْمَهُ ذَلِكَ، حَتَّى يُمْسِيَ، وَلَمْ يَأْتِ أَحَدٌ بِأَفْضَلَ مِمَّا جَاءَ بِهِ إِلاَّ رَجُلٌ عَمِلَ أَكْثَرَ مِنْهُ ‏"‏‏.‏ صحيح البخاري حديث ٦٤٠٣ - صحيح مسلم حديث ٢٦٩١

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said,” Whoever says: “La ilaha illal-lah wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahu-l-mulk wa lahul- hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shai'in qadir,” one hundred times will get the same reward as given for manumitting ten slaves; and one hundred good deeds will be written in his accounts, and one hundred sins will be deducted from his accounts, and it (his saying) will be a shield for him from Satan on that day till night, and nobody will be able to do a better deed except the one who does more than he.“  Sahih al-Bukhari 6403
In-book reference : Book 80, Hadith 98
USC-MSA web (English) reference : Vol. 8, Book 75, Hadith 412

Sahih Muslim 2691
In-book reference : Book 48, Hadith 38
USC-MSA web (English) reference : Book 35, Hadith 6508

سلسلة الأذكار والأدعية // Athkar & Invocations Series | 21

The Prophet (ﷺ) said:

“I guarantee a house in Paradise for one who gives up arguing, even if he is right; and a house in the middle of Paradise for one who abandons lying even when joking; and a house in the highest part of Paradise for one who makes his character excellent.”

[Abu Dawud]

Amazing advice from Ibn Al-Qayyim رحمه الله

“A friend will not (literally) share your struggles, and a loved one cannot physically take away your pain, and a close one will not stay up the night on your behalf. So look after yourself, protect it, nurture it. Don’t give life’s events more than what they are really worth. 

Be certain that when you break, no one will heal you except you; and when you are defeated, no one will give you victory except your own determination. Your ability to stand up again and carry on is your responsibility.

Do not look for your self-worth in the eyes of people; look for your worth from within your conscious. If your conscious is at peace then you will ascend high, and if you truly know yourself then what is said about you won’t harm you.

Do not carry the worries of this life, because this is for Allah. And do not carry the worries of sustenance because it is from Allah. And do not carry the anxiety for the future because it is in the Hands of Allah.

Carry one thing:

How to Please Allah. Because if you please Him, He Pleases you, fulfils you and enriches you. Do not weep from a life that made your heart weep, just say “Oh Allah compensate me with good in this life and the hereafter”.

Sadness departs with a sajdah. Happiness comes with a sincere du'a. Allah does not forget the good you do, nor does He forget the good you did to others and the pain you relieved them from. Nor will He forget the eye which was about to cry but you made it laugh.

Live your life with this principle: Be good even if you don’t receive good, not because of other’s sake but because Allah loves the good doers".

عَنْ أَنَسٍ ‏- رضى الله عنه ‏- قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اَللَّهِ ‏- صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏

 كُلُّ بَنِي آدَمَ خَطَّاءٌ, وَخَيْرُ اَلْخَطَّائِينَ اَلتَّوَّابُونَ 

 أَخْرَجَهُ اَلتِّرْمِذِيُّ, وَابْنُ مَاجَهْ, وَسَنَدُهُ قَوِيٌّ

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عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال: كان رسولُ اللهِ صلَّى اللهُ عليه وسلَّمَ يقول “ اللهمَّ ! أَصلِحْ لي ديني الذي هو عصمةُ أمري . وأصلِحْ لي دنيايَ التي فيها معاشي . وأصلِحْ لي آخرتي التي فيها مَعادي . واجعلِ الحياةَ زيادةً لي في كلِّ خيرٍ . واجعلِ الموتَ راحةً لي من كلِّ شرٍّ ” . صحيح مسلم حديث ٢٧٢٠

Abu Huraira reported that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) used to supplicate (in these words): " O Allah, set right for me my religion which is the safeguard of my affairs. And set right for me the affairs of my world wherein is my living. And set right for me my Hereafter on which depends my after-life. And make the life for me (a source) of abundance for every good and make my death a source of comfort for me protecting me against every evil.“ Sahih Muslim 2720
In-book reference : Book 48, Hadith 96
USC-MSA web (English) reference : Book 35, Hadith 6565

سلسلة الأذكار والأدعية // Athkar & Invocations Series | 20

Muslims are not perfect. 

Some don’t fast.

Some don’t pray.

Some drink.

Some party.

Some have pre-marital sex.

Some smoke.

Some lie.

Some cheat.

Some gamble.

We all sin differently.

But will all be judged equally.

Stop the “good Muslim” vs. “bad Muslim” narrative

Accept that being Muslim means to be a work in progress.

Embrace the fact that anyone can be close to Allah.

Despite the imperfections.

How beautiful is
The journey of Salah:
When you fall to your lowest 
You draw closest to Allah (96:19).
So fall in your sujood and cry,
As you praise your Lord the Most High.
— 

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The servant is nearest to his Lord during prostration, so increase your supplications therein.
 -Prophet Muhammad (saww) [Sahih Muslim]

If a praying person knew to what extent he was surrounded by Allah’s Mercy, he would never raise his head from Prostration.
-Imam Ali (as) [Tasnif al-Ghurar al-Hikam]

Ask the moon why it weeps at night,
And she will tell you,
“Because i’m separated from the sun.”

So what of the servant,
when the King of the Kings descends and calls out but finds His slave to be asleep?

The heavens and the earth weep for him.

— 

The Prophet (ﷺ) said:

“The Lord descends every night to the lowest heaven when one-third of the night remains and says: ‘Who will call upon Me, that I may answer Him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him?’”

[Bukhari]

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنه قال: كنتُ خلفَ رسولِ اللهِ صلَّى اللهُ عليه وسلَّمَ يومًا قال يا غلامُ، إني أعلِّمُك كلماتٍ :” احفَظِ اللهَ يحفَظْك، احفَظِ اللهَ تجِدْه تُجاهَك، إذا سألتَ فاسألِ اللهَ، وإذا استعنْتَ فاستعِنْ باللهِ، واعلمْ أنَّ الأمةَ لو اجتمعتْ على أن ينفعوك بشيءٍ، لم ينفعوك إلا بشيءٍ قد كتبه اللهُ لك ، وإنِ اجتمعوا على أن يضُرُّوك بشيءٍ لم  يضُروك إلا بشيءٍ قد كتبه اللهُ عليك، رُفِعَتِ الأقلامُ وجَفَّتِ الصُّحُفَ “. حسن صحيح  - الترمذي حديث ٢٥١٦

Ibn ‘Abbas narrated:“I was behind the Prophet(s.a.w) one day when he said: 'O boy! I will teach you a statement: Be mindful of Allah and He will protect you. Be mindful of Allah and you will find Him before you. When you ask, ask Allah, and when you seek aid, seek Allah’s aid. Know that if the entire creation were to gather together to do something to benefit you- you would never get any benefit except that Allah had written for you. And if they were to gather to do something to harm you- you would never be harmed except that Allah had written for you. The pens are lifted and the pages are dried.’"  Hasan Sahih - Jami` at-Tirmidhi _ English reference : Vol. 4, Book 11, Hadith 2516