servant of allah

How beautiful is it that a servant forgives the one who backbites about him or who slanders him, and stays silent when he could have responded, all for the sake of Allah. How beautiful then will be his meeting with Allah? Imagine Allah saying to you, “You showed Mercy and forgave My slave, so today I forgive you.”

Powerful Tips for the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan

1. Do not let your ‘performance’ until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! It is not all lost! If you sincerely wish it could have been better - Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet! Start with a positive, sincere intention!

2. Today, take a little time to read the Tafseer of Surah al-Qadr to understand what actually happens this night! You will feel its power & greatness so much more!

3. Do not wait for the 27th Night to give it your “all". The entire last 10 days should be your target. Stay up each night! Would you want to miss Laylatul Qadr even “by chance"?

4. Do not fall into any innovations/celebrations any masjid or culture might try to promote. Follow the Sunnah! The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) guided us simply: “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” 

5. Memorize and keep asking the dua’ taught by Rasulullah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam): Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).

6. Prepare a short dua’ list. Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allah! The Night of Qadr, of Destiny! Consciously pick each and everything you crucially wish for in this dunya, in your deen, family, and in your aakhirah! Don’t forget to include the brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and in grief!

7. Take brief naps during the day, if possible. Keep your stomach light and sleep as soon as you have prayed ‘isha. Do not delay! After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get ready for worship. 

8. Don’t neglect your family! Rasulullah made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night - if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up atleast for sometime! Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!

9. Look the Part: The way we dress and prepare has a big effect on our psychology. Wear your best, perfume yourself, and feel the energy! 

10. Choose a spot, whether in the Masjid or in your home, where you can have peace and solitude. Keep your mushaf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that. 

11. IMP: This is not the night to tweet pics or update FB statuses about how amazing the night is and how you are feeling & worshipping Allah! Let that be a secret between you & your Rabb! So switch off those phones, wifi, laptops and computers. Disconnect with the world, and connect with al-‘Afuww!

12. If you find yourself feeling sleepy, vary your acts of worship. Alternate between qiyaam, heartfelt dua’a, reading the Qur’an. Do not spend the night listening to lectures or recitations. Or do it only for a short while when you feel the sleep coming on! 

13. Patience is the Key: The last 10 days might be tiring. You might still have work or school. This is the time to bear all that hardship, and keep firm sabr. Think how Allah has blessed you with this tremendous opportunity that might NEVER come again in your life again. If you knew for sure that this was your last day, if you knew certainly that Jannah was up for grabs, wouldn’t you sprint for it no matter what it takes?

14. This is most important: Keep husn adh-dhann bi Allah (good expectations from Allah). When you ask, remember you are asking the Most Generous King. If you hope for the best, He will give you the best. Don’t hold back. Trust in Him, pour out your heart in front of Him, and let no doubt, no barrier, no evil thoughts keep you away from ar-Rahman, ar-Raheem!

(From: Tawfique Chowdhury)

إِنَّ الْعَبْدَ إِذَا أَذْنَبَ ذَنْباً أُجِّلَ مِنْ غُدْوَةٍ إِلَي اللَّيْلِ فَإِنِ اسْتَغْفَرَ الله لَمْ يُكْتَبْ عَلَيْهِ.

Verily, when a servant commits a sin, it is kept on hold from morning until night, so if he seeks forgiveness for it, it is not recorded against him.

—  Imam Jaffar Al-Sadiq (as) [Al-Kafi, vol 2, p 437]
لَا تَباغَضُوا ولا تَحاسَدُوا ولَا تَدَابَرُوا وكُونُوا عِبادَ اللهِ إِخْوَانًا

Do not hate each other, do not envy each other, do not turn away from each other, but rather be servants of Allah as brothers.
—  The Messenger of Allah, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2559,

How beautiful is it that not one du'a goes unanswered. There is never a ‘no’ to our du'a’s, but, Allah answers them in three ways;

• He gives you what you asked for

• He delays the response so He can give you something even better than what you asked for

• He stores up the reward for your du'a in the Hereafter

[Narrated by Ahmad, 10749; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh, 2199]

His response comes at the right time, in the right place and in the most perfect way imaginable.

I know exactly how you feel when you planned so hard for this Ramadhan and scheduled how to make the most out of this blessed month yet somehow things got preoccupied.

If you think you failed to be up to date with your schedule and you are feeling like you are failing miserably, then I would like to share with you this beautiful hadith.
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No one in this world is sinless, everyone of us have sinned. We have to accept that but as we accept that fact we should always realize and keep in mind that Allah loves those who repent and ask for His forgiveness.

This hadith that I am about to share with you is one of the closest one to me, when I first encountered this hadith, tears just fell and I just couldn’t describe how I felt that time.

I am sharing this because I know there are people out there who feel hopeless and feel like Allah will never forgive them because of the wrongdoings that they have done and the sins that they have committed. If you are one, or you know one who is at a halt in life because he or she is in this stage, I ask you to please share this to them.
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Once Prophet Musa Alaihi Salaam asked Allah Almighty: “O Allah! When a pious person of Yours calls You, how do You respond to him/her?”

Allah Almighty said: “I say here I am, O My servant.”

Prophet Musa Alaihi Salaam asked: “When a sinful person turns to You, how do You respond to him/her?”

Allah Almighty said: “I say here I am, O My servant; here I am, O My servant; here I am, O My servant.”

Surprised, Prophet Musa Alaihi Salaam asked, “O My Lord! When a pious person calls You, he/she gets one reply ‘here I am, O My servant’ but a sinful person gets three replies, ‘here I am, O My servant.”

Allah Almighty said that the pious person prayed to Him for fulfillment of his or her need (exalted status) whereas, “My sinful person prays to Me in hope of My Mercy.”

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A similar message has been explained by our Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, he used this as an example:

“A person travelling through an arid land. He has supplies of food, drink and provisions loaded onto a riding animal. He halts at a place to rest. When he rise after his sleep, his animal and supplies of food and drink has disappeared. He gets greatly concerned as to how he can survive without eating and drinking and travel such a long distance without the animal. He is totally disappointed and he fears that he will suffer the agony of a slow death.

You may well imagine how that person feels when he suddenly finds his lost animal with all the supplies of food and drink on it. How happy would he not be? When a sinful person turns to Him, Allah Almighty is happier than the person who has found his lost provisions.”
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Subhan’Allah, I think this hadith is self-excruciatingly impactful. Ponder for a moment, compose yourself and let your next prayer be as sincere as it can be and ask forgiveness from Allah. 

Who will forgive us but Allah? So seek His forgiveness and never despair of His Mercy.

We have entered the last ten nights of Ramadhan, make this count and let not Ramadhan leave without you asking sincerely for the forgiveness of Allah.
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Story was taken from Radd ul Bala’Bid Du’a, p. 28 
Hadith was taken from Sahih Al Bukhari, 6308

Narrated ‘Umar (radhiAllāhu 'anhu):

I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, “Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians praised the son of Mary, for I am only a Slave. So, call me the Slave of Allāh and His Apostle.”

—  [Sahīh Bukhārī Vol. 4, Hadīth no. 654 (English Translation). Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khān]
Virtues of Laylat al Qadr

1. All is Not Lost!
Do not let your ‘performance’ until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! It is not all lost! If you sincerely wish it could have been better – Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet! Start with a positive, sincere intention!

2. Understand
Today, take a little time to read the Tafseer of Surah al-Qadr to understand what actually happens this night! You will feel its power & greatness so much more!

3. 27th Night?
Do not wait for the 27th Night to give it your “all”. The entire last 10 days should be your target. Stay up each night! Would you want to miss Laylatul Qadr even “by chance”?

4. Follow the Sunnah
Do not fall into any innovations/celebrations any masjid or culture might try to promote. Follow the Sunnah! The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) guided us simply:“Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

5. Prophetic Du’a
Memorize and keep asking the dua’ taught by Rasulullah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam): “Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni” (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).

6. Lots of Du’a
Prepare a short dua’ list. Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allah! The Night of Qadr, of Destiny! Consciously pick each and everything you crucially wish for in this dunya, in your deen, family, and in your aakhirah! Don’t forget to include the brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and in grief!

7. Relax
Take brief naps during the day, if possible. Keep your stomach light and sleep as soon as you have prayed ‘isha. Do not delay! After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get ready for worship.

8. Don’t Neglect your Family!
Rasulullah made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night – if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up atleast for sometime! Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!

9. Look the Part
The way we dress and prepare has a big effect on our psychology. Wear your best, perfume yourself, and feel the energy!

10. Choose a Spot
Whether in the Masjid or in your home, where you can have peace and solitude. Keep your mushaf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that.

11. Social Media
This is not the night to tweet pics or update FB statuses about how amazing the night is and how you are feeling & worshipping Allah! Let that be a secret between you & your Rabb! So switch off those phones, wifi, laptops and computers. Disconnect with the world, and connect with al-‘Afuww!

12. Mix it up
If you find yourself feeling sleepy, vary your acts of worship. Alternate between qiyaam, heartfelt dua’a, reading the Qur’an. Do not spend the night listening to lectures or recitations. Or do it only for a short while when you feel the sleep coming on!

13. Patience is the Key
The last 10 days might be tiring. You might still have work or school. This is the time to bear all that hardship, and keep firm sabr. Think how Allah has blessed you with this tremendous opportunity that might NEVER come again in your life again. If you knew for sure that this was your last Ramadan , if you knew certainly that Jannah was up for grabs, wouldn’t you sprint for it no matter what it takes?

14. Most Importantly…
Keep husn adh-dhann bi Allah (good expectations from Allah). When you ask, remember you are asking the Most Generous King. If you hope for the best, He will give you the best. Don’t hold back. Trust in Him, pour out your heart in front of Him, and let no doubt, no barrier, no evil thoughts keep you away from ar-Rahman, ar-Raheem!

All men want to marry to marry a woman that walks the path of Sayyidah Khadijah, but as a man you need to fulfil your rights in order to see that the marriage is successful. You need to spend quality time at home. You need to: be her best friend, love her, cherish her, honour her, magnify her, remember her, think about her, miss her, yearn for her, respect her, praise her, pray with her, joke with her, raise her and overlook mistakes. You need to show her she is the most important person in the world; more than all the chilling with mates and the late night missions. You must bow, prostrate and worship with her, and you must supplicate together.

All women want to marry a man that walks the path of Sayyiduna Muhammad ﷺ, but as a woman you must exert efforts in order for your marriage to blossom. You need to: increase his confidence, lift his burdens, keep his secrets, trust him, console in him and show him you care. You need to smile, joke and laugh. Be his source of peace, happiness and tranquillity. Emotionally strengthen him and spiritually assist him. You need to show him that you love him and that nothing is more important to you in this world than him; more than wealth and the material of this universe. You need to help him reach his potential in being a servant of Allah.

This is what the Messenger of Allah taught us about marriage. ﷺ

—  Shaykh Mohammad Aslam

When Umar bin al-Khattab (رضي الله عنه) was walking in the market, he passed by a man who was supplicating,

“O Allah, make us of Your ‘few’ servants! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants!”

So ‘Umar said to him, “Where did you get this du`a’ (supplication) from?”

And the man said, “Allah in His Book says

‘And few of My servants are grateful.’ (Qur’an 34:13)”

So ‘Umar wept and admonished himself, “The people are more knowledgeable than you, O Umar! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants.”

Sometimes when you advise someone to leave a sin, they respond with “But most people do it, it’s not just me!”

But if you look for the words “most people” in the Qur’an, you will find that most people

- “do not know” (7:187)
- “do not give thanks” (2:243) and
- “do not believe” (11:17).

And if you look for “most of them”, you will find that most of them are

- “defiantly disobedient” (5:59)
- “ignorant” (6:111)
- “turning away” (21:24)
- “do not reason” (29:23), and
- “do not listen” (8:21).

So be of the “few”, whom Allah says about them:

- “And few of My servants are grateful.” (34:13)
- “But none had believed with him, except a few.” (11:40)
- “In the Gardens of Pleasure, A [large] company of the former peoples, And a few of the later peoples.” (56:12-14)

Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) said, “Go on the path of truth and do not feel lonely because there are few who take that path, and beware of the path of falsehood and do not be deceived by the greatness of the perishers.”

[Found in Kitab al-Zuhd by Ahmad bin Hanbal (رحمه الله), and also in the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shaybah.]

May Allah make us of His few servants

Some tips for the Last 10 Nights of Ramadhān

1. Do not let your performance until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet! Start with a positive, sincere intention!

2. Take out a little time to read the Tafseer of Surah al-Qadr to understand what actually happens this night! You will feel its power & greatness so much more!

3. Do not wait for the 27th Night to give it your “all”. The entire last 10 days should be your target. Stay up each night! Would you want to miss Laylatul Qadr even “by chance”?

4. Do not fall into any innovations/celebrations any masjid or culture might try to promote. Follow the Sunnah! The Prophet sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam guided us simply: “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

5. Memorize and keep reciting the dua taught by Rasoolallah sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam: "Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni” (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).

6. Prepare a dua list. Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allah! The Night of Qadr, of Destiny! Consciously pick each and everything you crucially wish for in this dunya, in your deen, family, and in your aakhirah! Don’t forget to include the brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and in grief!

7. Take brief naps during the day, if possible. Keep your stomach light and sleep as soon as you have prayed 'isha. Do not delay! After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get ready for worship.

8. Don’t neglect your family! RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night - if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up atleast for sometime! Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!

9. Choose a spot, whether in the Masjid or in your home, where you can have peace and solitude. Keep your mushaf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that.

10. Patience is the Key: The last ten days might be tiring. You might still have work or school. This is the time to bear all that hardship, and keep firm. Think how Allah has blessed you with this tremendous opportunity that might NEVER come again in your life again. If you knew for sure that this was your last Ramadan, if you knew certainly that Jannah was up for grabs, wouldn’t you sprint for it no matter what it takes?

11. And lastly remember you are asking the Most Generous King. If you hope for the best, He will give you the best. Don’t hold back. Trust in Him, pour out your heart in front of Him, and let no doubt, no barrier, no evil thoughts keep you away from Ar-Rahman, Ar-Raheem.

This path is a lonely path...

So don’t be surprised when a time comes when you become a stranger among people you thought were strangers like yourself.

The longer you remain on this blessed path, the more the people will see you as someone who baffles them because a person who chases this dunya will always find ambitions for the aakhirah strange.

This path is a lonely path.

You will never be understood. Not by your family nor by your friends. But you must remain firm, because this is the era of those who remain firm.

This path is a lonely path.

Because the lovers of the dunya have nothing to do with it. It is shunned by most, out of fear of losing the temporary while they don’t realise how they’re ruining their eternal life. It is not sought after except by those rare, few, blessed ones who seek the Face of Allah ﷻ more than anything this worthless world has to offer.

You will be mocked, misunderstood, considered a foreigner in your own homeland, considered a stranger amongst your own friends and family.

But

Know, O beloved, that you aren’t the only one who feels this staggering bite of loneliness, and you certainly aren’t the first.

This is the path, where Rasulullah ﷺ was rejected by his own family and tribe, the path where Yusuf عليه السلام was thrown into prison for a crime he never committed. And the examples are many.

Know, O beloved, that you have chosen this path knowing all the hardships, and so you must bear them with patience and walk upon this path with a smile on your faces. Because this is the path for which the Sahabah رضي الله عنهم gave their lives. This is the path of the few, blessed, chosen servants of Allah. So strive to be from amongst them.

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“The path of truth is solitary. Those who traverse it are lonely; they are not wanted, nor their aspiration. Leisurely do they travel, with resolution. Of what they seek, people are heedless, for, about the truth, most are careless.”

— Ibn Rajab al Hanbali, Journey of the Strangers, pg 37.

“This path is paved with torn-off limbs, irrigated with blood, surrounded by trials. Its tribulations and fitnah waylay you on this path. But as long as you know your goal, and the way is clear to your sight, pursue your journey whatever the case is.”

{Shaykh Abdullāh ‘Azzām تقبله الله}

Stay with Allah, O servant of Allah.
Allah will protect you from every sin, and
He will cure you from every illness.

If you supplicate to Him, He will surely answer you and if you rely on Him He will assist you.
If you ask of Him, He will surely give you.

He is not stingy! He is there waiting for you to call on Him, so what are you waiting for?
Call on your Lord the most high day & night,

Unburden yourself to Him express your worries to Him because surely only He has a way out for you.
Ponder on this… “He is Our Master. It is in Allah that the believers should put their trust.”
— Surah Tawba: 51

Life is a balance between enjoying what is halal and fulfilling our obligations as servants of Allah.

It’s not about standing in prayers day and night or sitting in the masjed 90% of the time while abandoning families and children at home. This is not sunnah.

It’s our own ego and lack of understanding of Islam which has led us to so much troubles within our families communities and society as a whole.

We change our habits in Ramadan because we learn that we are not the servants and slave of our habits, but always the servants of Allah. If we can do it Ramadan we can do it anytime insha'Allah