The Prophet (peace be upon him) is the best of creatures and he is the teacher and advisor, yet he (peace be upon him) did not celebrate his birth. Similarly, his Rightly-Guided Caliphs did not celebrate his birthday, and the rest of Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them all) who were the most knowledgeable, loved the Prophet (peace be upon him) more than anyone of us, and were the most well-informed of his Sunnah did not celebrate it.

If you really want to celebrate the birth of the Prophet ﷺ then fast on every Monday as he used to.

Du'a establishes a perfect relationship between the servant and His Lord. It exemplifies true servitude, demonstrates the utter poverty of the worshipper, and embodies the ultimate sovereignty and perfection of the Creator.
That is why du'a is one of the most noble and blessed of all actions. The more you ask Allah, the more you perfect your worship of Him.
Never feel shy or embarrassed to ask Allah of your permissible needs in this world, and of the essential needs of the next. As our mother Aishah said, “If your sandal-strap breaks, make du'a to Allah that you get another one, because if Allah will not give it to you, no one will.”
—  Sh. Yasir Qadhi

Today’s khutbah was about the blessings of wudhu (insha Allah it shall be posted within a few days).

I mentioned that of the blessings of wudhu are:

1) It is half of faith
2) It cleanses and purifies the sins, so much so that a person can have ALL of his minor sins forgiven through wudhu and prayer
3) It beautifies a person (hilya) on the Day of Judgment
4) Those who do it regularly will have shining faces and limbs (ghurran muhajaleen) on Judgment Day
5) Angels themselves testify that perfecting wudhu during difficult circumstances (e.g., in winter) is of the greatest and most beloved deeds to Allah
6) It is a sign of iman to renew one’s wudhu continuously
7) It is the only mechanism through which the Prophet (SAW) will recognize his Ummah on the Day of Judgment.

So Muslims… do not splish-splosh through your wudhu and be careless about it. It is of the greatest deeds of worship and of the most pleasing to Allah. And it is the ONLY way that you will be invited to drink from the Hawd of the Prophet (SAW) when you most need to drink from it.

—  Yasir Qadhi

Dua'a is the weapon of a believer.

As per Sheikh Yasir Qadhi, here is what to do when making du'a:

  • Focus on the du'a, concentrate on the fact that you’re “talking” to Allah, and make sure that your heart is really into it.
  • Supplicate during one of the times of response.
  • Have a meek heart, full of humbleness, softness, an awareness of our smallness in the Presence of Allah.
  • Face the qiblah (direction of the Ka'bah).
  • Be in a state of wudhu.
  • Raise your hands to Allah.
  • Start the du'a with praise to Allah, exalting and glorifying Him, using His most perfect Names and Attributes (al-Asmaa’ al-Husnaa’)
  • Follow it up with salutations to the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).
  • Repent and beg of Allah’s forgiveness for past sins.Finally make your du'a, being persistent in asking of Him what you wish, calling upon Him in a state of fear and hope, performing tawassul (as defined and outlined within the Shari'ah).

Examples of Tawassul:

  • Through Allah’s Names and Attributes – calling upon Him with them, knowing and understanding their meanings.
  • Mentioning one’s state – e.g. I am ill; I am old; I am in despair; I am poor; I am heartbroken, etc.
  • Through good deeds – remember the Hadith of the three men in the cave, who made du'a and mentioned their deeds (preferring parents over rest of family; fearing Allah and abstaining from zina; giving the labourer his invested wages)?