ramadhan reminders

Lets talk about patience

واصبر وما صبرك إلا بالله
“And be patient for your patience is but by Allah…” [an-Nahl 16:127]

واصبر لحكم ربك
” Await in patience the command of your Lord…” [at-tur 52:48].

ولا تهنوا ولا تحزنوا
“So lose not heart nor despair…” [Al ‘Imran 3:139].

أولئك يؤتون أجرهم مرتين بما صبروا
“These shall be granted their reward twice, because they are steadfast…” [al-Qasas 28:54].

إنما يوفى الصابرون أجرهم بغير حساب
“…Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account.” [az-Zumar 39:10]. (the reward for every deed is known except patience!)

وجعلنا منهم أئمة يهدون بأمرنا لما صبروا وكانوا بآياتنا يوقنون
“And We made from among them leaders guiding by Our command when they were patient and [when] they were certain of Our signs. “ [as-Sajdah 32:24]. (patience is a prequisite for leadership in religion!)

و اصبروا إن الله مع الصابرين
“…and be patient. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” [al-Anfal 8:46]. (patience earns the companionship of Allah)

واستعينوا بالصبر والصلاة
“And seek assistance through patience and prayer…” [al-Baqarah 2:45].

والملائكة يدخلون عليهم من كل باب
سلام عليكم بما صبرتم فنعم عقبى الدار
“…And the angels will enter upon them from every gate, [saying],”Peace be upon you for what you patiently endured. And excellent is the final home.” [ar-Ra’d 13:23-24].

إلا الذين صبروا وعملوا الصالحات أولئك لهم مغفرة وأجر كبير
“Except for those who are patient and do righteous deeds; those will have forgiveness and great reward.” [Hud 11:11]. 

ولمن صبر وغفر إن ذلك لمن عزم الأمور
“And whoever is patient and forgives – indeed, that is of the matters [requiring] determination” [ash-Shura 42:43] (Allah has made patience a standard for courage and determination in ones affairs)

وكأين من نبي قاتل معه ربيون كثير فما وهنوا لما أصابهم في سبيل الله وما ضعفوا وما استكانوا والله يحب الصابرين
” And how many a prophet [fought and] with him fought many religious scholars. But they never lost assurance due to what afflicted them in the cause of Allah , nor did they weaken or submit. And Allah loves the patient.” [Al ‘Imran 3:146]. ( its a condition of his love)

وما يلقاها إلا الذين صبروا وما يلقاها إلا ذو حظ عظيم
“But none is granted it except those who are patient, and none is granted it except one having a great portion [of good].” [Fussilat 41:35]. 

ألم تر أن الفلك تجري في البحر بنعمة الله ليريكم من آياته إن في ذلك لآيات لكل صبار شكور
“Do you not see that ships sail through the sea by the favor of Allah that He may show you of His signs? Indeed in that are signs for everyone patient and grateful.” [Luqman 31:31]. 

ومن آياته الجوار في البحر كالأعلام
إن يشأ يسكن الريح فيظللن رواكد على ظهره إن في ذلك لآيات لكل صبار شكور
” And of His signs are the ships in the sea, like mountains. If He willed, He could still the wind, and they would remain motionless on its surface. Indeed in that are signs for everyone patient and grateful” [ash-Shura 42:32-33].

Dear nafs, I want to go to war with you and win. — Yasmin Mogahed

The One who answers du'aas

Oh you who saved Nuh AS and so he was victorious and you carried him on your ark.

Save me from drowning in my sins

Oh you who protected Ibrahim AS from the fire by saying be and it is.

Protect me from the fire within myself

Oh you who ordered the whale to release Yunus AS and sheltered him

Release me from my grief

Oh Lord, have mercy on your servents who are like Nuh, who are like Ibrahim, who are in desperation like Yunus.

At the doorstep of Ramadhaan,

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The Sahaabah of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and those who followed them upon righteousness would spend 6 months asking Allaah to ensure they reach Ramadhaan, saying “oh Allaah let us witness another month of ramadhaan” and then the other 6 months they would make dua’ah to Allaah and ask “oh Allaah accept the month of Ramadhaan from us.”

Our generation struggles to find 6 days to dedicate in worship, du’ah and Qur’an. We have grown haughty and negligent, our words say one thing and our actions bear witness to something else. 

May Allaah purify our hearts, rectify our intentions and solidify our faith so we willingly, happily and hastily run to Allaah’s obedience. 

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Narrated Abu Huraira (radhiAllāhu ‘anhu):

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allāh is not in need of his leaving his food and drink.”

—  [Sahīh Bukhārī Vol. 3, Hadīth no. 127]

Narrated from from Aboo Sa'eed al-Khudree (رضي الله عنه):

Allāh’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “There is not a servant who fasts a day in the way of Allāh (sincerely), except that Allāh removes his face from the Fire by the distance of seventy years because of that.”

—  [Reported by al-Bukhārī and Muslim (no. 1153). Translated by Aboo Talhah Dāwood Burbank رحمه الله رحمة واسعة]

Allah was always ready to listen to me, I was just not ready to hear him.

We speak to Allah five times a day atleast, he is always listening, he is the best listener there is. But when did you last allow Allah to speak to you? When did you last long to hear your Lords word? Allah speaks to us through the Qu'ran. Cling tightly to his word, hold it close to your heart, I promise you his word is like a love letter to the soul of the believer.

‎شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِيَ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَى وَالْفُرْقَانِ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَى سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ يُرِيدُ اللّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلاَ يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُواْ الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُواْ اللّهَ عَلَى مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

The month of Ramadhān in which was revealed the Qur’ān, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong).

So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadhān i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Sawm (fasts) that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Sawm (fasts) must be made up] from other days.

Allāh intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allāh [i.e. to say Takbeer (Allāhu-Akbar; Allāh is the Most Great) on seeing the crescent of the months of Ramadhān and Shawwāl] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him.

(Sūrah Al-Baqarah, 2:185)