sincerely repent

Imagine meeting Allah and having done everything right and you’re about to enter Jannah. But then Allah reveals to you the people you’ve wronged. One person you may have joked about in a prohibited way. One person you backbited because everyone else in the gathering was doing it. One person you had an argument with and raised your voice at. One person you got into with on Social Media. One person you were really shady with. One person you thought was more wrong than you, so you avoided righting your own. Even worse, what if it’s the people that loved you or those who Allah placed at your mercy? What if it’s a brother/sister who was there for you in your time of need only for you to repay it with betrayal?
At that point, do you think winning the argument would’ve been worth it? That extra dollar or even a thousand? Was the joke really that funny? Was your unrelenting ego worth the loss of Jannah?

Think long and hard about it. When you meet the Most Merciful on the Day of Judgement, let it be in a way that you only have to answer for your personal shortcomings. Allah can forgive any sin you’ve committed so long as you’ve sincerely repented. But when it involves wronging people, Allah will give them their right in full. You know why? Because He’s not just the Most Merciful to you, but also to the people you’ve wronged.

May Allah forgive us for all the times we’ve wronged others or wronged ourselves by turning away from His guidance. amen

- Omar Suleiman 

اِلٰهِيْ لَسْتُ لِلْفِرْدَوْسِ اَهْلًا
وَلَا اَقْوٰى عَلٰى نَارِ الْجَحِـيْمِ
فَهَبْ لِيْ تَوْبَةً وَّاغْـفِرْ ذُنُـوْ بِي
فَاِنَّكَ غَافِرُ الذَّنْبِ الْعَظِيْمِ

God, I certainly do not deserve to enter Paradise (on account of my sins),
and I definitely do not possess the ability to endure the fires of Hell.
So allow me to repent (sincerely) and forgive all my sins (past, present & future)
for You are surely the Forgiver of all sins – however minor or severe.

—  Al-I’tiraf
Plea in Confession & Avoidance by Repentance

Repentance is a process. It’s something that you have to consciously work at. Struggle with. Strive for. It is a practical process that requires practical steps towards self-protection. Planning your day, planning your worship, having the balance of good company and refraining from being alone for too long. A change in attitude and mindset.

Repentance requires you to be patient with your sins. Not patient in committing them, but patient in starving them. The longer you starve, the more your focus and desire will lessen. The weaker the evil of your soul will become. The less passionate its affinity to sin will be. The addiction will slowly wear off. Work towards that repentance.

The sincere repentance.
The true repentance.
The ultimate repentance.

O you who have believed, repent to Allah with sincere repentance. Perhaps your Lord will remove from you your misdeeds and admit you into gardens beneath which rivers flow [on] the Day when Allah will not disgrace the Prophet and those who believed with him. Their light will proceed before them and on their right; they will say, “Our Lord, perfect for us our light and forgive us. Indeed, You are over all things competent.”

-Surah At-Tahrim | 66:8.

If a person repents sincerely, his previous bad deeds will be erased and the reward for his good deeds will be restored for him.
—  Ibn al-Qayyim | al-Waabil as-Sayyib, p. 12

How to get over a mistake in your life:

1. Sincerely repent from your mistakes
2. Trust Allah
3. Take responsibility and do your part
4. Get back up.
5. Change your ways.

anonymous asked:

Salam, I don't know how to start. In the past about two months ago I commuted zina and now I feel super guilty about it. It's gotten to the point where I have severe anxiety and was taken to the ER with a panic attack. My parents still don't know what's going on but the guilt is getting to me. I'm afraid Allah will not forgive me, I've been getting back to my Deen, but something feels off. I'm afraid of whether or not the guilt will affect my marriage in the future.

Wa alykum as-salaam,

First you need to remember this, always:

It was said to [The Prophet’s grandson] Al-Hassan: ”Is not the servant [of God] ashamed of sinning and then repenting, and then sinning again and then again repenting?”

He [Al-Hassan] said: “Satan wants exactly that. Never stop making repentance.” [Ibn Rajab, Jami’ Al-Ulum]

When you get uneasy, remind yourself of this Hadith Qudsi, okay?

“God said: ‘Even if your sins reached up to the clouds in the sky, I would forgive you.’" [Sunan al-Tirmdhi]

Make the intention to improve, but remember God’s Mercy is Divine, not human, and thus does not have limits.

You’re not a hypocrite because you sin, here is a quote on Ikhlas (sincerity) from the late, great, Sheikh El Shaarawy:

“You can be seen among people as very pious, and when you hear the Athan, you run to prayer, and you pray in the first line, and do all these things, but your heart has no Ikhlas in this situation. Maybe you did that for the people to call you pious, or to encourage people to trust you in worldly matters. Hence, the body takes to one direction, and the heart takes another. And this defines hypocrisy.”

Your heart is directed towards the right thing, but you’re having trouble, and you’re not the first, nor are you the last, but look at The Qur’an, for God says:

“Yet withal, behold, I forgive all sins unto any who repents and attains to faith and does righteous deeds, and thereafter keeps to the right path.“ [20:82]

But God doesn’t just stop there, while warning those who commit Zina that there is punishment, God talks about those who repent:

“Excepted, however, shall be they who repent and attain to faith and do righteous deeds: for it is they whose [erstwhile] bad deeds God will transform into good ones - seeing that God is indeed much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace,“ [25:70]

God will take all of your bad deeds and turn them into good deeds.

In Ibn Kathir’s Tafsir (exegesis) on this Ayah, he cites a Hadith from Abu Dharr:

“I know the last person who will be brought forth from Hell, and the last person who will enter Paradise. A man will be brought and it will be said, ‘Take away his major sins and ask him about his minor sins.’ So it will be said to him: ‘On such and such a day, you did such and such, and on such and such a day, you did such and such.’ He will say, ‘Yes,’ and he will not be able to deny anything. Then it will be said to him: ‘For every evil deed you now have one good merit.’ He will say: ‘O Lord, I did things that I do not see here.’” He (Abu Dharr) said: “And the Messenger of God smiled so broadly that his molars could be seen.”

Ibn Kathir continues, this is really important: “…those evil deeds that have passed are turned into good deeds by way of the true and sincere repentance itself. This is because every time that person remembers what he had done, he regrets it, feels remorse, and seeks God’s forgiveness. In this way, the sin becomes an act of obedience.”

Please get some help (go to a counselor) but also do not allow yourself to be defined by a mistake you made.

A sin does not define you, what you do next, does.

I’ll be praying for you, insha Allah.

anonymous asked:

Salam. How do i completely stop my addiction to masturbating. Ive tried so many ways. Ive stopped fr a few weeks but every once in a while the desire comes back strong and I keep making dua but i always find myself falling for it. Pls make dua for me

Walaikum Assalaam,

Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala is the most forgiving and merciful. If we sincerely repent He will forgive us. No matter how many times we commit a mistake and after every fall we turn to Him and ask for His forgiveness sincerely He will forgive us. 

The temptation will be there but you have to suppress your desire for the sake of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. Keep striving and never give up. Keep yourself busy and do productive things that will benefit you in the hereafter. Make dua and ask Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala for help. Cry and beg to Him that He give you strength to fight with your desire and help you abstain from sin. Avoid all the circumstances that trigger your feeling and strengthen your relationship with Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala.

“The more you go against the self, the more light will be put in the heart.”

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

First of all find out what are the triggers and avoid being in those circumstances. Secondly fast if you are having problem in controlling desires or eat less. Thirdly temptation will always be there, throughout our life. But we have to abstain from the temptation. When you think about the desires and it gives you joy. The first thing you have to do is to repel that thought, before it becomes an action. Try to distract yourself, do something read books, talk to your family or anything that may help you to get distracted from the thought. If you keep thinking about it, it will become a stronger desire and it may happen you may end in doing sin.

Following are some tips that will help you to reduce sin in shaa Allah

1.      Fix your prayers.

Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater. And Allah knows that which you do. (Surat Al-`Ankabūt 29:45)

2.      Being God conscious, always keep in mind that whatever we do, we have to be accountable to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and He’s watching us all the time.

3.      When you get tempted to do sin think of the death because it is the cutter of delights.

The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said:“Remember often the destroyer and cutter off of delights, which is death.” (Sunnan Trimidhi:2229)

4.    Have friends that remind you of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala not those whose company makes you forget Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

5.    Strive to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. When our connection is stronger with Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala it will be easy for us to fight with the desires.

6.    When you get tempted think of the following things:

·         Allah is watching you

·         Angels are recording your deeds

·         Punishment of the grave

·         You have to answer on the day of Judgement

Here are some tips to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala that will help you in shaa Allah.

1.If we want to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, we have to fulfill our obligatory duties and follows the command of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and his messenger (peace be upon him) wholeheartedly.

2.Being God conscious, always keep in mind that whatever we do, we have to be accountable to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and He’s watching us all the time.

3.Whenever we do a good work, always make the intention that you are doing this to please Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

4.Be thankful to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala in every situation and be happy with the Allah decree.

5.Try to do dhikr all the time, it will make us closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

Following are some dhikr that we can do all the time:

1.  Asthaghfirullah

2.  Subhaanallah

3. Alhamdulillah

4. Allahu Akbar

5. Laa ilaaha illallah

6. LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH-HIL ALIYYIL ADHEEM

7. Asthaghfirullah-halladhee Laa ilaaha illa-huwal Hayyul Qayyuumu Wa athoobu Ilay

Or Asthaghfirullah

8. SUB-HAAN’ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM’DIHI SUB-HAAN’ALLAH-IL ADHEEM 

Or SUB-HAAN’ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM’DIHI

9. Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm

10. Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr

Or 

Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer

We should also recite much of durood e Ibrahim which is the durood that is recited towards the end of Salaah. 

Or the shortest durood is: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim

6. Dua and Repentence:

Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an: “When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.“ [2:186] 

The place of Dua is so high in front of Allah, that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim) has said:”Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than Dua.”[Sahih al-Jami` no.5268]. 

Allah loves repentance & loves those who turn to him in sincere repentance: 

Truly Allah loves those who turn [to Him] in repentance… (Qur’an 2:222)

Narrated ‘Ubaadah that the Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good deed for EACH believing man and believing woman.”(Tabarrani) 

Subhanallah this deed can be done in EVERY dua and can you imagine how many rewards can be gained for each and every Muslim you make dua for from Adam alayhis ‘salam until now and the last Muslim on earth. This is the easiest way to earn rewards that go into the billions and the more you make these dua’s then the more your good deed account will get filled!

Ask Allah for the help and try to do dhikr all the time, it will help you in shaa Allah. Recite Astaghfirullah, Durood Shareef and kalma as often you can. Desire will always be there, nafs and shaitan is our enemy and this battle will continue till our last breath. On our shortcomings we should repent to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala sincerely. He is the most forgiving and merciful.

I hope it will be helpful. May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala make things easier for you.

Allahumma Ameen

Allah loves His servant to beautify his tongue through speaking the truth, his heart through sincerity, repentance, and trust, his body 
through obeying ..
—  Ibn Qayyim|Al-Fawaid

anonymous asked:

i dont remember a day where i prayed more than 3 times but i do remember spending months without praying. its been over 4 years.i wanna get better and start praying. i've watched couple videos and everyone says u need to repent and then start praying and stuff but i just cant do that. i feel guilty enough but i cant get myself to officially repent and start over. can i just start praying little by little without repenting? is it going to be accepted?

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim

“Truly, Allaah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves”[al-Baqarah 2:222]  

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “I swear by Him in whose hand is my soul, if you were a people who did not commit sin, Allah would take you away and replace you with a people who would sin and then seek Allah’s forgiveness so He could forgive them.” [Sahīh Muslim (2687)]        

Regardless of which sin we are talking about, we humans are bound to making mistakes and surely Allah knows this. Which is why He wants us to turn to Him, for regret and repentance are sign of a human who contemplated on their sin and who wants to to better. And by Allah in Whose Hand my life is, is it not beautiful to have such a Lord who when turning to Him embraces us with His mercy though we ave wronged ourselves? By Allah, He is indeed that Merciful.

“O you who believe! Turn to Allaah with sincere repentance! It may be that your Lord will expiate from you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise)” [66:8]  

“O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it. “ (Hadith Qudsi, Tirmidhi)

Therefore it is necessary to repent for Allah loves the one who frequently says his istighfar and makes dua. So do not let that guilt eat you up because this leads you to despairing of Allah and this is surely a tactic of shaitan to make your Lord seem harsh. But repentance is not exclusive to those who do great deeds in Islam or to those who had committed only minor sins in recent time,no repentance is for everyone. Prophet Muhammad (salallahu alayhi wassalaam) said:

“Allah spreads out His Hand at night to accept the repentance of those who did wrong during the day, and He spreads out His Hand during the day to accept the repentance of those who did wrong during the night. (This will continue) until the sun rises from the west.” (Narrated by Muslim, no. 2759)

Will they not then repent to Allah and ask His forgiveness? And Allah is Ever Forgiving, Ever-Merciful. (5-75)

You already did a good step by regretting what you did, by starting to pray again, by educating yourself. All of these matters are not just said by tongue, but by action. So what is just left for you to do it turning directly to Allah and seek His forgiveness.

Then I do not think that I have to discuss the virtue of salaah any longer for I see you do notice the importance of it ma sha Allah, may Allah keep you guided and blessed, but I’d like to leave you with this for it might motivate you to repent sooner, dear.

How should we receive Ramadan?

1. Sincere Repentance

Repentance of sins is obligatory at all times, especially in the month of Ramadan. If a person does not repent in Ramadan, then when would he repent? If one does not feel regret in Ramadan, then when would he feel regret? Allah (swt) Says:

And turn to Allaah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed. [Holy Qur'an 24:31]


2. Receiving Ramadan by devoting all actions sincerely and solely to Allah (swt)

One concept should be very clear to all from the onset: If your acts lack sincerity, then do not bother exhausting yourself because no action will be accepted without sincerity.

Allah (swt) Says:

So whoever would hope for the meeting with his Lord - let him do righteous work and not associate in the worship of his Lord anyone.[Holy Qur'an 18: 110]

It was narrated that the Prophet (saw), said:

“Allah The Almighty Says: ‘I am so self-sufficient that I am in no need of having an associate. Thus whoever does an action for someone else’s sake as well as mine, I will leave him to whom he has associated with Me.’”[Muslim]

Fasting is one of the greatest acts of worship that instill sincerity in the heart of the Muslim. This is because the fasting person cannot be known except by Allah (swt), especially if he observes fasting in days other than the days of Ramadan and even in Ramadan, for one can pretend that he is fasting while he is not. In addition to this, the fasting person keeps away from the slightest thing that can affect his fasting out of sincerity to Allah (swt) and seeking His pleasure. Therefore, Allah has hidden the reward of fasting and made it for Himself in much the same way as the fasting person has hidden his fasting from other people, and of course Allah only gives that which is bountiful and plentiful.

Allah (swt) says in a Qudsi (Sacred) Hadith:

Every deed of the son of Adam will be rewarded between ten and seven hundred fold, except fasting, for it is for Me and I shall reward it Myself.}

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]


3. Receiving Ramadan by adhering strictly to the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw)

No act can be accepted unless it meets two conditions: that it is accompanied by a sincere intention, which is that one should do it only for the sake of Allah (swt), and in that it is in accordance with the guidance of the Prophet, (saw).

Indeed the Prophet (saw) clarified everything about the matter of fasting such as when to start and stop fasting, its pillars, its obligations, its recommended acts, its manners, its virtues and its benefits, things that break the fast, what cannot affect the fast, excuses that allow one to break the fast, and everything else that is related to the fast.

4. Receiving Ramadan with patience

In fact, Ramadan is the month of patience and forbearance. In it, one abstains from some of his usual habits, food, drink, sexual intercourse and anything else that would break the fast as a form of obedience to Allah (swt) and worship that brings one closer to Him.

Patience is one of the most difficult things for the soul. Therefore, patience represents half of faith and the patient will be given an immense reward as Allah (swt) Says : {Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account.} [Holy Qur'an 39: 10]

Patience is of three types:

1- Patience concerning the obligations (required by Allah) that one should fulfill;
2- Patience in abstaining from actions forbidden by Him, that one should not do;
3- Patience concerning afflictions, that one should not resent or complain of his Lord to.

One should have all three of these.

May Allah grant us His mercy on this coming month of Ramadan. Ameen

anonymous asked:

Assalamu alaikum. Just wondering if you could recommend reputable scholars who do tafsir of the Quran. I used to watch a lot of tafsir videos from nouman ali khan, but my understanding is that he is questionable, therefore is it possible his tafsir is also questionable? May Allah reward you for answering all the questions

Wa ‘alaik as-ṣalām wa Raḥmatullāh.

There are many authentic resources that are available and easily accessible to us, wa Lillāhil-Ḥamd, and authentic tafaṣīr are no exception. Please bear in mind and take full consideration to the fact that the uprightness and reliability of the teacher is as important as what is being taught (e.g. tafṣīr, ‘aqīdah, fiqh, etc.). The Imām of Dār al-Ḥijrah, Mālik Ibn Anāṣ (d.179Ḥ) said, “Indeed, this knowledge (i.e. al-Islām) is your flesh and blood, and you will be asked about it on the Day of Judgment, so look to whom you take (knowledge) from.” 

Shaikh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728Ḥ) on the Principles of Tafṣīr taught by Ustāẓ Abul-’Abbās Mūsā Richardson. 

Tafsīr of Imām Ibn Kathīr (d.774Ḥ) taught by Ustāẓ Abū Ḥakīm Bilāl Ibn Aḥmad. 

Tafṣīr of Shaikh ‘Abdur-Raḥmān Ibn Nāṣir as-Sa’dī (d.1376Ḥ) taught by Ustāẓ Abul-’Abbās Mūsā Richardson:

Tafṣīr of Shaikh Muḥammad Ibn Ṣālih al-’Uthaimīn (d.1420Ḥ), the student of Shaikh ‘Abdur-Raḥmān as-Sa’dī, taught by Ustāẓ Abul-’Abbās Mūsā Richardson:

Classes that contain multiple exegeses of the Qur’ān taught by Ustāẓ Abul-’Abbās Mūsā Richardson: 

Trusted sources: SalafiSounds.comMirāth al-’Anbiyā Publications, Bakkah.net (study material), Al-Masjid al-Awwal Pittsburgh, and The Reign of Islāmic Da’wah (as some of the tafṣīr classes of Ustāẓ Abul-’Abbās Mūsā Richardson are delivered at al-Masjid al-Furqān, TROID, via. Tele-Link). 


On to Nouman Ali Khan (we ask Allaah to guide him): he has many errors to his name and by extension to that, his institute and tafṣīr program(s). He has explicitly lied upon the Messenger of Allaah (ṣallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa ṣallam) and concocted a fictitious story in mockery of a Companion (raḍi Allaahu ta’āla anhu), referring to him as “Pokieman,” only then to use his teacher (which he refuses to name) as the scapegoat that narrated it to him. The subject of ‘aqīdah is a constant non-issue to Nouman Ali Khan, while he encourages his followers to look for “palindromes” in the Qur’ān which he calls miracles. He uses the tafṣīr of Mu’tazilite az-Zamaksharī in his classes to an audience of unsuspecting Muslims, and slanders an Imām of tafṣīr, Ibn Jarīr at-Ṭabarī (d.310Ḥ). Nouman Ali Khan is not qualified nor a trustworthy authority to knowledge in our Religion no matter how many schemes try to market to his followers that he is a “Qur’ān Expert,” and we ask Allaah that He guides him to the truth, to sincere repentance, and to distance him from the filth of innovations and its people. 

Other key factors to understand:

We ask Allaah Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla to make us firm upon His Magnificent Religion and to distance us from the filth of ash-Shaḥawāt and the misleading misguidance of Shubuḥāt.

"For the people of sins there are three great rivers..."

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, رحمه الله:

“For the people of sins there are three great rivers with which they purify themselves in this world and if these do not suffice in purifying them, then they are purified in the river of Hell-fire on the Day of Judgment:

1. A river of sincere repentance

2. A river of good deeds that drowns the sins that surround it.

3. And a river of great calamities (that befall the sinner) that expiate (his sins)

Therefore, when Allah intends good for His slave, He enters him into one of these three rivers, so he comes purified and cleansed on the Day of Judgement, not requiring the fourth purification.

And the fourth purification:

The river of Hell-fire on Yawm al-Qiyamah.

So swim in the river of repentance and doing good deeds and have patience in the river of calamities. And do not neglect these before a day comes when you will be drowned in the river of Hell-fire whose fuel is men and stones”

[Madaarij as-Saalikeen 1/312, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, رحمه الله]

RAMADAN DAY 3 : NOT FASTING, NO PROBLEM

Pardon me if the title seems a bit misleading, it’s a mere hyperbolic clickbait.

This entry is dedicated to my fellow akhwaat, my habaebatis, sisters, girlfriends, or my species lah in general, who are in menses (read: on your period) during this first week of ramadan,

I know it sucks.

Your period is the worst thing that can happen during ramadan. Having to stay at home while your friends and family rush to the masjid for Tarawih, not being able to touch the mushaf or recite quran, seeing people spending time in ’iktikaaf and tadarus etc. You’ll feel left behind or even worse, deprived from all the rewards promised in this blessed month. However, keep in mind that everything that is ordained/destined by Allah is always the best. To complain is no different than to question His wisdom. Redha. There are plenty of other ibadah you can also do. Don’t let something as small as your period get in between you and your blessings.

So as your fellow sister in Islam, I’d like to share a number of practical ideas/ibadah that you can do to still be able to participate in ramadan, things I personally enjoy doing.

  1. Prepare Sahur
    Since you’re not fasting, I know it’s way more convenient to sleep in and stay in bed at this hour. But think of it this way, YOU are actually contributing to someone’s act of worship. YOU are providing them with the fuel they need to carry out a spiritual obligation. And for you to sacrifice just a few minutes of sleep for this purpose is such a virtuous act MashaAllah. If you’re celebrating ramadan at home, team up with your mom or sisters to prepare the meal or wake up earlier than any of your family members and make a surprise sahur. If you’re in college/hostel and living with your friends, on the other hand, wake them up and tell them you prepared a little something for them. Be it big or small, it’s the effort & thought that matters.

  2. Take over the housework
    If you happen to have more energy than your friends/family who are fasting, then why not? Clean the house, help run errands, wash their dishes, iron their clothes etc. Not because they can’t do it themselves, but because you want to. When you intend ease for others, inshaAllah it’ll bring great joy to them and in return to you.  

  3. Listen to Islamic lectures
    This is my personal favorite. There’s a plethora of great lectures online. Short ones. Long ones. Best part is, a lot of them are free! Try making it a habit to listen to at least one lecture a day and be sure to take down notes. You can have a notebook solely for this purpose and by the end of ramadan you’ll be amazed by the amount of gems you’ve collected. Don’t know where to start? Look up some of my favorites;
    - Ustaz Nouman Ali Khan,
    - Prof Tariq Ramadan
    - Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

  4. Attend ‘ilm events
    There are so many organisations conducting great events and talks in ramadan, don’t miss out. There’s always something new to learn. Even if it requires us to pay, go for it. Remember that we’re spending money to please Allah SWT. What more can we ask for if He is pleased with us?

  5. Give good reminders & be in a halaqah (religous circle, gathering)
    This is a great sunnah of the prophet. Don’t have one, no worries, create one. Just sit in a circle with some of your friends and decide on who is going to be in charge of that particular session so she can prepare what to present beforehand. It doesn’t have to be formal at all. Take the opportunity to share what you’ve learnt from the lectures (refer point 3 & 4) as well. Halaqahs are great to exchange thoughts/knowledge & also a way to build stronger bonds with the people within that circle.

  6. Tadabbur, Study the Quran
    Although you can’t touch or recite it, no one said anything about not being able to learn it. Read the tafsir (translation of the quran) and understand it. Or you can have someone one do it for you. There are several audio files/podcasts explaining surahs one by one by legitimate scholars & shaykhs that are available online to download. You can even have them playing while you’re driving to class or doing work. 

  7. Read books & articles (or even tumblr posts lol)
    Religious or not religious, read for the sake of knowledge. However since it’s ramadan, try picking up something Islamic. You can read Seerah (stories of the prophets), Asbabun nuzul (how and why a surah is revealed), As-shamail (Muhammad SAW’s biography) and many more. Some of the books I love are;
    - Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed
    - In the Footsteps of the Prophet by Tariq Ramadan
    - Purification of the Heart by Hamza Yusuf. 

  8. Donate & do charity
    Sadaqah is incredibly powerful. In ramadan, it’s like a multi-level marketing business! Have books, clothes, toys or anything that is in good condition but you don’t use anymore? Give it away. Or better yet, buy new ones and give them to those in need. Other than charity you can also do simple sadaqah like cook for your neighbour or put in a few bucks into the tabung masjid. Remember that the rezeki of a Muslim is not only from what he gets, but what he gives away.

  9. Memorize the 99 beautiful names of Allah
    Now here’s a challenge for you. Try to remember the Asma’ul Husna in arabic along with it’s meaning. All 99. To make it easier, search for the nasheed (song) version of it. Learning these supreme & godly attributes has so many positive returns. I might talk about that in a different post.

  10. Memorize & study hadeeth
    While you are not allowed to touch or recite the Quran, you can still do it to hadeeth. Hadeeth are also an important Islamic authority. But make sure it’s authentic! Option; start with Imam Nawawi’s 40 hadeeth. 

  11. Give out presents/gifts.
    Idea: Buy something practical like a book, a watch or something that you know will be put into good use so you can also scrape down the reward continuously. The Prophet said, تهادوا، تحابوا, exchange gifts, as that will lead to increasing your love to one another. [Bukhari]

  12. Make plenty of Selawat & Zikrullah (Remembrance of Allah)
    - LailahaiIlAllah: “There is no god but God.”
    - Allahumma Sali‘Ala Muhammad: “Oh God, send your peace and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad”
    - Allahuakbar: “God is the greatest”
    - Alhamdulillah: “All praises to Allah”
    - Subhanallah: “Glory to Allah”

  13. Make sincere Tawbah (repentence)
    You don’t need wudhu’ for this (except if you perform Solat Tawbah). Ask Allah to pardon us, cover our sins, and save us from the Hellfire. Beg for forgiveness. As I mentioned in my previous post, Allah is Al-Ghaffur- The All-Forgiving. He is always ready to forgive (provided we are sincere and we feel remorse)

  14. Make lots and lots of Du’a (prayers)
    It does not have to be formal. You don’t have to have any special supplications memorized, or even speak in Arabic. Talk to Allah as if He is your best friend, and you will find that He is. Tell him everything. About your dreams, your passion, how your day went or is going, your crush, your exams- just anything. Ask Him for what you want, how you want it. Spill your heart out. He is YOUR God. He listens, and He is capable of providing you with anything and everything. You’ll realize how you’ll be drawn closer and closer to Allah and as this happens, your character will begin to change gradually.

  15. Host an iftaar/sponsor an iftaar at various masjids
    “Whoever feeds a fasting person will have reward like that of the fasting person, without any reduction in his reward.” (Tirmidhi)

And the list goes on. In reality, every single thing that we do for Allah’s sake is considered an ibadah. Do not restrict or limit ourselves. May Allah be pleased with us, accept our deeds and continue to shower us with His mercy. Hope you find this helpful.

“… Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you.” 2:185

May peace be upon you x

Whoever meets Allah having sincerely repented then he will not be punished for what he had repented from
—  Ibn al-Qayyim -Rahimullaah | [Taken from ‘I’laam al-Muwaqaeen 3/115]
Forgiveness

I want to highlight two types of sins that will catch us in the akhirah if we don’t repent and fix things in our lives. Firstly, the obvious sins are those where we disobey Allah. Secondly, the easily overlooked sins are those we commit against other people. Simple things like backbiting, spreading rumours and hurting other people with our words or actions. Allah loves us all. So when we hurt another person, we must know that we are hurting someone that Allah loves!

This month, if there’s one thing we should do - it is to seek Allah’s forgiveness and to seek forgiveness from those that we have hurt in the past. We need to take advantage of this blessed time and seriously think about our flaws. Think about the mistakes we’ve made. Think about the times we have disobeyed Allah. Think about the times we have upset other people, hurt them or talked wrongly about them. I’m not saying we need to sit there and become obsessed with those mistakes, but just remember them enough to be motivated to repent sincerely. We have to ask and beg Allah to forgive us for our past sins. We need to cry in front of Allah and acknowledge our flaws, but at the same time see that Allah has the power to turn those weaknesses into strengths for us.

— Mobeen Hakeem