voluntary fasts


Pairing: Chris Evans x Reader
Rating: Explicit  - 18+ only
Summary: Chris and Reader attend the Academy Awards together. At the Oscars after party, the actor surprisingly wants to leave sooner because he wants to have some quality time alone with his girlfriend.
Word Count: 2.9k
Warnings: dirty talking, slight Dom!Chris, lots of hickeys or love bites, oral sex (both receiving - 69), fingering, hair pulling, slight spanking, multiple orgasms and rough unprotected sex. [It wouldn’t be a shock if you wrapped your cock!]
Author’s Note: It can be read as a continuation of Halftime Show*.  Also, the “baby girl” pet name is mentioned, but it’s not linked to a Daddy kink in this fic.

Originally posted by adamisstillinhellthankstoyou

The Oscars, the greatest, most prestigious and most glamorous ceremony of all, gathered actors, directors, producers, costume designers and every hidden worker in the cinematographic industry for a moment of celebration of their art. Like every year since the ceremony that had awarded Cate Blanchett or Daniel Day Lewis, you stood by Chris’ sides and attended the shows with him for a moment of joy, creating happy memories.

This year’s ceremony - which wasn’t such a catastrophe - nothing changed between the dozens of photographers yelling out your boyfriend’s name, to the many laughs thanks to the host and the dinner held by the Academy, it was a blast and there you were enjoying the after party with Chris and some of his friends.

Even if you weren’t working in this environment quite tough, you were always enchanted to meet more people working behind the scenes of a movie that worked so well. The Vanity Fair Oscar parties represented moments of different encounters, sometimes either awkward or very interesting, but what you enjoyed most was having Chris next to you and telling you how much you looked gorgeous, wanting to introduce you to everyone he knew there.

Standing next to the bar with him in your sophisticated gown, your red lipstick outrageously showed off as you carried a flute of champagne close to your mouth and you noticed the way his beautiful blue eyes lingered on your lips and how his eyebrow raised so lustfully each time, your body would brush past him. The late evening consisted of quite sexy exchanged glances, stealing kisses and soft skin contacts that drove him crazy the whole time.

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10 Ways To Prepare Your Body Before Ramaḍān!

Some of us think we will suddenly be ready when Ramaḍān starts, but planning will make the transition a lot easier. The following are 10 ways to prepare your body for the month of fasting.

Food consumption: Begin with eating moderate quantities. Do not splurge on food because Ramaḍān is approaching. This will only increase your appetite and make it more difficult to fast.

Early breakfast: During Ramaḍān, we wake up early for Suhūr, the pre-dawn meal before the fast begins. It is important not to skip this. Start having an early breakfast from now to help your body get used to the earlier hours, especially if you are not much of a breakfast eater.

Do not snack: Get used to having three main meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner - and avoiding snacking in between. During Ramaḍān, you will have to get used to having two main meals, Suhūr and ʾifṭār. This way, you will only have to cut out one meal.

Reduce coffee intake: If you are a coffee-lover and do not want to have a pounding headache during the first few days of Ramaḍān, start reducing your caffeine intake now. Switch to decaf, one coffee at a time, until you are only drinking decaffeinated coffee, then cut it out altogether.

Wean off smoking: Smokers who enter Ramaḍān unprepared may experience various withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anger, restlessness, impatience, and difficulty concentrating during fasting hours. To avoid this, reduce smoking during the day to mimic what will happen when you fast. It is also good to view Ramaḍān as an opportunity to quit bad habits such as smoking altogether.

Voluntary fast days: What better way to prepare yourself for Ramaḍān than through practice? Try doing a few fasts in the run up to Ramaḍān to help you adapt. This is also a great opportunity to make up for any missed fasts from last year.

Regulate sleep: If you normally sleep late and wake up late, start regulating your sleep from now, because during Ramaḍān you will be waking up early for Suhūr. You might also be sleeping earlier as a result. Alternatively, have an afternoon nap and sleep a little later. Whatever sleeping habit you choose, start to mimic it from now.

Stock up: Meal-planning before Ramaḍān can save you a lot of hassle, especially during the first week of Ramaḍān while you are busy adjusting. Prepare your menu for ʾifṭār and Suhūr for the first seven days, list the ingredients needed, and go grocery shopping now when you are still full of energy.

Local doctor: If you have concerns over your ability to fast for whatever reason, be it diabetes, high blood pressure or reflux, now is the time to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Check with your doctor if it is safe for you to fast.

Day 30 - What can you do after Ramadan?

Alhamdullilah, we have gotten to experience another month of Ramadan. This month went by so fast, it makes me so sad! But it doesn’t all just end here. Instead of going back to the life we lived before Ramadan, how about we make an effort to take all the values, knowledge, and great habits we’ve created this month and continue to use them every day. Let’s continue to strengthen our iman even after Ramadan ends. For me, starting this blog has allowed me to learn so much about Islam. I’ve learned so much about what’s right and wrong, but furthermore, I have finally understood exactly why Allah (swt) has guided us the way he has. While I researched topics every night, I was repeatedly left in awe, by the beauty and wisdom of Allah (swt). Thank you to everyone who has supported this page and I hope you have taken something from this blog that may have changed your life, because I definitely have. That being said, here are a couple of tips on continuing your habits after the month of Ramadan. And Eid Mubarak to you all! :)

  1. Make Dua to Stay Productive: We complete the month of Ramadan with remarkable levels of spirituality and positive energy. Shaytan, who has been held for the past 30 days, will intensify his efforts to take this spirituality away as soon as possible. The conflict between our ego, our spirituality and shaytan is not a battle that we can win easily. Making dua is essential to guarantee Allah’s support throughout our daily struggles. One of the most beautiful Prophetic duas for holding on to our spirituality and productivity is the following: ‘O You Who makes hearts steadfast make our hearts steadfast in adhering to Your religion.’ (‘Allahuma, ya Muthabbet al-qulub, thabbet qalbi ala deenek’) [Ibn Majah]
  2. Pay Attention to Your Environment: Many of us have normal routines such as having a morning coffee or breakfast at work. Unconsciously, we miss doing some mistakes we used to do as well. Returning to our daily routine will include returning to the same environments that bring up those unpleasant desires again (extra free time and energy to waste, friends you used to smoke or waste time with, gossip or even miss salah). Paying attention to your environment is essential to sustain your productivity. When shaytan tries to seduce us, he does not come with his red horns and stick, trying to convince us to return to our old destructive habits. He will take on many forms and shapes, and the old unpleasant company is one of the most efficient sneak-back strategies. Try to eliminate or avoid unproductive environments as much as you can. You can knock the door of your friends’ hearts with a word of caring advice – perhaps they need help and could change. But be cautious: destructive company will drag you over to their side if you cannot drag them to yours!
  3. Commit to Attending a Weekly Halaqa: Doing ibadah is easy in Ramadan because of the collective focus on it. It is a universal month when all Muslims around the world engage in more ibadah and ritual worship. The act of fasting itself is a good reminder about focusing on staying spiritually productive throughout the day. However, after Ramadan you need extra reminders to boost your motivation because you will not have the same communal support as before in performing ibadah. Moreover, with the busy pace of life, we gradually lose our spiritual energy. Attending halaqa (religious study group) once a week is a great way to bring us back to and stay on the right track. It keeps you aware of Allah and helps you keep your Afterlife in view always. Attending halaqa keeps you in good company: people whom you can discuss your religious feelings, reflections and experiences with.
  4. Set a New Schedule: Having a new schedule is absolutely essential. Your new plan should comprise at least 30% of what you achieved during Ramadan. You can review each activity you performed in Ramadan and include at least 1/3rd of it in your new schedule. Set monthly missions like: helping a friend, giving sadaqah (charity), doing dhikr, reading a specific amount of the Qur’an, voluntary fasting, etc. Always specify the quantity of your goals and stick to deadlines you can commit to. Do not exaggerate or try to replicate your Ramadan schedule. I know you will find the new schedule very minimal when you compare it with what you did during Ramadan, but consistency is what matters now. Our beloved prophet said: “The most beloved deed to Allah’s is the most regular and constant even though it were little.” [Bukhari]
  5. Don’t fall apart once you make one mistake: The beauty of Tawbah (repentance) in Islam, is that Allah blesses us with this opportunity to return back to Him after doing something wrong. We should remember that we are humans and that we will err. Only Allah is Perfect. This is why, for instance, if we were able to pray on time all through Ramadan, but become slack afterwards, we must realize it, seek Allah’s forgiveness sincerely, and try our best to get back on track, asking Allah to help us.
ISLAM 101: Getting ready for RAMADAN: PART 6

The Islamic Ruling Regarding Those who Deliberately Break the Fast

Breaking the fast without a valid excuse is a grave sin which clearly testifies to its doer’s disobedience to Allah May He be glorified and exalted. Therefore, those who commit such a sin must sincerely repent to Allah in addition to making up for the fast days they have omitted. Those who engage in sexual intercourse during the day in Ramadaan must, in addition to expressing sincere repentance and making up that day, expiate for doing so by freeing a Muslim slave, hence the importance Islam attaches to liberating people from the shackles of servitude. If they cannot find any slaves to set free, as is the case today, they must fast for two consecutive months; if they are unable do so, then they have to feed sixty poor people.

Voluntary Fasting

Muslims are required to observe a strict month-long fast once a year, that is, during the month of Ramadaan. They are also recommended, as long as they are able to do so, to fast on other days in order to gain more rewards. These days include the following:

1) The day of ‛Aashuraa’, as well as a day before it or after it:‛Aashuraa’ is the tenth day of the lunar month of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. It is the very day Allah May He be glorified and exalted saved Moses Peace be upon him and drowned Pharaoh and his army. A Muslim fasts it as an expression of gratitude to Allah for saving Moses and to follow in the footsteps of our Prophet May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him who not only fasted on this day but also asked his companions to fast a day before it or a day after it. (MusnadAhmad: 2154). When he was asked about fasting on it, he replied, “It expiates [the sins committed in] the previous year.”(Saheeh Muslim: 1162) 

2) The Day of ‛Arafah:‛Arafah is the ninth day of the lunar month of Dhul-Hjjah, the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar. On this day, pilgrims who perform the hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage, gather in the wide open plain of ‛Arafah and engage in invoking Allah, praising Him and glorifying Him. ‛Arafah is the best day of the year, and those who are not performing the hajj may fast on it. When the Prophet May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him was asked about fasting on this day, he replied, “It atones for the sins committed the preceding year and the coming year.” (Saheeh Muslim: 1162)

3) Six days of Shawwaal: Shawwaal is the tenth month of the Islamic calendar. The Prophet May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him said, “Whoever fasts in Ramadaan then follows it up with six days of the month of Shawwaal will obtain the rewards of fasting for the entire year.” (Saheeh Muslim: 1164)

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Those who are offended by the idea that the swallowing of a pill may contribute to a genuinely religious experience should remember that all the standard mortification’s — fasting, voluntary sleeplessness and self-torture — inflicted upon themselves by the ascetics of every religion for the purpose of acquiring merit, are also, like the mind-changing drugs, powerful devices for altering the chemistry of the body in general and the nervous system in particular. Or consider the procedures generally known as spiritual exercises. The breathing techniques taught by the yogi of India result in prolonged suspensions of respiration. These in turn result in an increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the blood; and the psychological consequence of this is a change in the quality of consciousness. Again, meditations involving long, intense concentration upon a single idea or image may also result — for neurological reasons which I do not profess to understand — in a slowing down of respiration and even in prolonged suspensions of breathing.

Aldous Huxley

Common Mistakes During Ramadaan

1) Focusing on food; to the extent that people begin to worry about eating more than actually fasting. This also goes along with spending large amounts of money on Iftaars even though a person does not need to eat that much food.

2) Making Suhoor way before Fajr. Some people eat Suhoor a few hours after Taraweeh or Isha Salah, this is wrong. It should be eaten closer to the time of Fajr.

3) People don’t make Niyyah (intentions) to fast for Ramadaan. This is something in the heart and does not need to be verbal.
According to the Hanbali school it’s considered one worship and only needs to be done once, at the beginning of Ramadaan unless there is a break in the fasting.
According to Shafii, Abu Hanifah and some Hanbalis the intention must be renewed nightly.

4) If you find out late that Ramadaan started, you should stop eating and fast for that day, making that day up after Ramadaan/Eid ends.

5) Many people don’t think you pray Taraweeh on the first night of Ramadaan. They believe you pray it after the first day you actually fast. They forget that the Islamic calender runs on the moon, maghrib is the start of the new day.

6) Many people believe if you eat or drink by accident this breaks your fast. This is false, if you do this by accident then you continue fasting and do not need to make up the day.

7) Some people take the opinion that if they see someone eating or drinking they should not remind the person that he/she is fasting. According to Shaykh Bin Baz (rahimahullaah), this is incorrect and it is an order from Allaah for us to ordain the good and forbid the evil. Thus we tell the person, because we are forbidding the evil this way.

8) Many sisters believe they cannot use Hennah while fasting. This is incorrect, they are allowed to use it during Ramadaan.

9) Some people believe when you are cooking you cannot taste the food to see if it has the right spices/flavours. This is false, and allowed in Islam as long as the person cooking is not eating and swallowing the food. Rather they can taste it to see if it needs salt, or more spices.

10) Many people think you cannot use a Miswak or toothbrush during Ramadaan. This is false, for the Prophet (salAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) used to use a miswak during Ramadaan. Also you CAN use toothpaste; the reasoning by the scholars is that the Miswak has flavor, thus toothpaste is okay to use (if you are not eating it).

11) Some people make the Fajr Adhaan early. They do this so people will stop eating before Fajr and not invalidate their fast. This is wrong and something we should not do.

12) Some people make the Maghrib Adhaan late. They do this so people will start eating late, just in case Maghrib has not come in yet. This too is wrong and we should not do this.

13) Many many people believe you cannot have intercourse with your spouse during the whole month of Ramadaan. This is false, you cannot do this only during the times when you are fasting. Between Maghrib and Fajr it is permissible.

14) Many women believe that if their period has just ended and they did not make ghusl, they cannot fast that day (considering their period ended at night, and they went to bed without Ghusl, waking up without having a chance to make it). This is incorrect, if a woman has not made Ghusl she can still fast.

15) Many men believe that if he has had intercourse with his wife and did not make ghusl (similar to the above) then he cannot fast the next morning. This is also incorrect, for he can fast even if he has not made Ghusl.

16) Some people pray Duhr and Asr prayers together during Ramadaan. (mainly in Arab countries) This is incorrect and should be avoided.

17) Some people believe you cannot eat until the Muadhin is done calling the Maghrib Adhaan. This is incorrect, as soon as he starts a person can break their fast.

18) Many people don’t take advantage of making du'aa before they break their fast. Allaah accepts a fasting persons du'aa. Many Ulama recommend it right before Maghrib.

19) Many people make the mistake of spending the later part of Ramadaan preparing for Eid, neglecting Ramadaan. This is incorrect and these people lose the concept of what Ramadaan is about.

20) Many parents do not let their children fast during Ramadaan (young children). This is something counter productive to a child. By allowing him to fast he will grow up to know he must do this act.

21) Many people think Ramadaan is just about not eating and forget about controlling their tempers and watching what they say. In actuality we are supposed to control our tempers and mouths even more during Ramadaan.

22) People often waste their time during Ramadaan. They go to sleep during the day and get nothing done. We should be taking advantage of this blessed month by doing extra Ibaadat.

23) Some people don’t go on trips or travel during Ramadaan. They think they have to break their fast when traveling. This is actually optional, if you want to break your fast while traveling you can (with making it up later), and if you don’t you can continue fasting.

24) Many people who are able don’t make Itikaaf at the masjid. We should take advantage of our good health and spend lots of time at the Masjid, expecially the last 10 days of Ramadaan.

25) Some people believe they cannot cut their hair or nails during Ramadaan. This is also false.

26) Some people say you cannot swallow your spit during Ramadaan. This too is false. However you cannot swallow mucus that has entered your mouth.

27) Some people say you cannot use scented oils or perfumes during Ramadaan. This too is false. (women should NOT leave the house with it on).

28) Some people believe bleeding breaks the fast. This is not true.

29) Some people believe if you throw up by accident it breaks your fast. This is not true, however if you do it intentionally it does.

30) Some people think you cannot put water in your nose and mouth during wudu in Ramadaan. This too is incorrect.

31) One should not fast a day or two before Ramadaan, unless it is a day on which one is in the habit of fasting (i.e. voluntary fasting that coincides with that day).

- [from the lesson on Fiqh of Ramadaan]

There are three things in Ramaḍān through which one of them alone Allah forgives all previous sins: fasting, voluntary night prayer and voluntary night prayer on Laylat-ul-Qadr. Whoever accomplishes all three, the means of forgiveness for him are greater.

ثلاثة في رمضان يُكفّر الله بالواحد منها ما تقدم من الذنوب (الصيام) و(القيام) و(قيام ليلة القدر) ومن أكمل الثلاثة كانت أسباب المغفرة له أعظم

—  Sheikh Abdulaziz al Tarifee

anonymous asked:

What can you do if you start losing interest in your islamic studies?

Salam Alikum

The main reason for losing interest in studying Islam is a decrease in one’s level of Iman (Faith). An increase in the decrease in the level of Iman in one’s heart is pretty normal – it happens to everyone. Some days we feel very zealous about worship and other days, it’s difficult to even concentrate during Salah.

So I advice you to work on increasing the level of Iman in your heart and your interest in studying about the religion will inevitably grow as a result. You can try the following to help increase the level of faith in your heart.

1) Do dhikr. Select a time during the day when you will recite a certain supplication (such as Istighfar, sending Salawat upon the Prophet SAW, Subhan’Allah, Alhamdulillah, La illaha illa anta..) and do this every day. It will help keep your Iman stable.

2) Listen to reminders. Do it even if you don’t feel like it because once you listen to a reminder with sincere intention, it will improve your Iman and make you more conscious of Allah SWT. I would recommend you and all those reading to listen to this series called Quran for Young Adults by Nouman Ali Khan (available at www.bayyinah.tv

3) Listen to Tafsir (explanation) of the Quran. Again, if your intention is sincere, it will undoubtedly increase your Iman and you will discover the treasures that the Quran holds. To start with, I would recommend the Cover to Cover Tafsir series by Nouman Ali Khan (available at www.bayyinah.tv and http://podcast.bayyinah.com/category/juz_amma/)

4) Try to establish Salah with khushoo and do all the Sunnah and Nawafil Salah as well along with the obligatory rakahs. It will help you draw closer to Allah SWT

5) Ask Allah SWT to help you increase your Iman by making dua.

6) Establish Tahajjud salah. You will see that when you wake yourself up for the sake of Allah SWT alone in the middle of the night (or maybe 20-25 minutes before Fajr adhan), it will just be you and Allah SWT. There won’t be anyone around to disturb you – sometimes not even your own thoughts. It can be very comforting and once you establish tahajjud salah, you will have a sense of purpose throughout the rest of the day because you will have that mindset throughout the rest of the day of doing things to try to increase your Iman.

7) Keep a voluntary fast for the sake of Allah SWT. Fasting increases the believers in Iman

8) Make  a list of a ‘good day’ in which you do everything for the sake of Allah SWT and measure this against your actual day to see where you are lacking and what are the things stopping you from getting closer to Allah SWT.  Conversely, you can also make a list of all the things you do as a Muslim that you shouldn’t be doing. By doing one of these two things, you are planting a seed in your heart – if you water this seed continuously by doing good and stay away from evil/sin, there is no way that the level of Iman in your heart won’t increase.

9) Keep the company of good friends – stay away from bad company. Don’t put yourself in situations that can directly have an adverse effect on your Iman.

10) Help people. If someone asks you for a favour or for help, don’t ever return them empty handed – no matter how small the thing they are asking you for is – grant their request and be conscious of doing it for the sake of Allah SWT.

The above must be done on a regular basis to achieve results. Once you do the above, you will automatically want to know more about Allah SWT, the Prophets life and what the Quran says and hence, your interest in studies of Islam will grow

In particular, I suggest that you select a time during the day (for example after Isha or Fajr salah) which you dedicate to your Islamic studies. It can be as short as 20-30 minutes but make it a part of your routine. Once you commit let’s say 25 minutes every day at a certain time to Islamic studies, you would have spent approximately 3 hours each week learning about Islam. I feel like this is the best way to commit yourself to studying about the religion – make it a part of your daily routine by selecting a time of the day when you do it. In order to maintain interest in Islamic studies however, you are going to have to take a good look at your lifestyle and try to stop doing things that are a direct cause of a reduce in your Iman and by extension, a decreasing interest in studies of the religion.

Hope this was helpful. Takecare :) 

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbās (رضي الله عنه): "The Prophet (ﷺ) said, ‘Look for the night of Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadān; on the night when nine or seven or five nights remain out of the last ten nights of Ramadān [i.e., 21, 23, 25, (27, 29) respectively].
—  [Sahīh Bukhārī Vol. 3, Hadīth no. 2021. Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khān]

What are the daily, weekly and monthly acts of worship?


The topic of acts of worship and obedience is very broad, and there is not room to discuss it in full here.

The questioner may refer to the following books for details on this matter:

·  At-Targheeb wa’t-Tarheeb by Imam al-Mundhiri, along with Saheeh at-Targheeb wa’t-Tarheeb and Da‘eef at-Targheeb wa’t-Tarheeb by Shaykh al-Albaani, for information on the verdict on the soundness and weakness of the hadiths.  Riyaadh as-Saaliheen by Imam an-Nawawi, especially the section entitled Kitaab al-Fadaa’il.


The daily acts of worship include :

  • The five daily prayers and doing wudoo’ for them; 
  • Using the miswaak when doing wudoo’ and praying; 
  • Praying in congregation (jamaa‘ah); 
  • The regular Sunnah prayers, 
  • Duha prayer, 
  • Qiyaam al-layl (voluntary prayers at night); 
  • Witr prayer; 

The adhkaar for :

  1. Morning and evening; 
  2. Adhkaar to be recited by day and by night (when entering and leaving the home, 
  3. When entering and leaving the Masjid, 
  4. When entering and leaving the washroom, 
  5. When eating and drinking, 
  6. Following the prescribed prayers, and so on); 
  7. Repeating after the mu’adhdhin.

The weekly acts of worship include :

  • Jumu‘ah prayer; 
  • Reading Soorat al-Kahf on the night before Friday and on Friday; 
  • Sending a lot of blessings upon the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) on the night before Friday and on Friday; 
  • Fasting on Mondays and Thursdays.

Monthly acts of worship include :

  • Fasting three days of every month (and it is preferable for that to be on al-ayaam al-beed, i.e., the 13th, 14th and 15th of the Hijri month).

Annual or occasional acts of worship include: 

  • Fasting Ramadan; 
  • Praying Taraweeh in congregation in the mosque; 
  • Offering the Eid prayers;
  • Hajj for those who are able to do so; 
  • Giving zakaah for those for whom the conditions of it being obligatory are fulfilled;
  • Spending the last ten days of Ramadan in i‘tikaaf;
  • Fasting six days of Shawwaal;
  • Fasting ‘Ashoora’ and a day before it or after it;
  • Fasting the day of ‘Arafah; 
  • Doing a lot of good deeds in the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah.

There are also deeds that are not connected to a particular time, so they are prescribed at all times, including deeds of the heart as well as physical actions. 

These include: 

  • Offering voluntary prayers at times other than the times when praying is disallowed; 
  • Observing voluntary fasts; 
  • ‘Umrah; 
  • Remembering Allah (dhikr); 
  • Reading Qur’an; 
  • Sending blessings upon the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam); supplication (du‘aa’); 
  • Praying for forgiveness (istighfaar); 
  • Honouring one’s parents; 
  • Upholding ties of kinship; 
  • Giving charity; 
  • Spreading the greeting of salaam (peace) among the Muslims; 
  • Having a good attitude; 
  • Controlling one’s tongue; 
  • Loving Allah, fearing Him and putting one’s hopes in Him; 
  • Putting one’s trust in Him; 
  • Contentment; 
  • Certainty of faith; 
  • Seeking His help, may He be glorified and exalted.

And there are good deeds that are done for a reason, in which case it is prescribed to do them when that reason is present. 

These include: 

  • Visiting the sick; 
  • Attending funerals; 
  • Offering the funeral prayer; 
  • Offering condolences; 
  • Saying Yarhamuk Allah(may Allah bless you) to one who sneezes; 
  • Returning greetings of salaam; 
  • Accepting invitations; 
  • Praying istikhaarah; 
  • Offering the prayer of repentance (salaat at-tawbah); 
  • The eclipse prayer; 
  • Prayers for rain; 
  • Reconciling between disputing parties; 
  • Lowering the gaze; 
  • Refraining from harming others; 
  • Bearing annoyance and calamity with patience; and so on.

The salaf (early generations) liked to combine four acts of worship on one day, namely: 

  • Fasting, 
  • Feeding the poor (charity), 
  • Attending funerals and visiting the sick. 

The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said concerning these actions: 

“These qualities are not combined in a man but he will enter Paradise.

”Narrated by Muslim (1028).

And Allah knows best. Islam Q&A

Ramadan Prep: Fasting in Sha'baan

‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: 

“The Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allaah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha’baan.” (al-Bukhari, 1833; Muslim, 1956)

Ibn Rajab (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“Fasting in Sha’baan is better than fasting in the Sacred Months, and the best of voluntary fasts are those that are (observed in the months) closest to Ramadan, before or after. The status of these fasts is like that of al-Sunan al-Rawaatib (the 12 sunan prayers about which the Prophet said would guarantee a house in Jannah for the one who read them) which are done before and after fard (obligatory prayers) and which make up for any shortfall in the number of obligatory prayers. The same applies to fasts observed before and after Ramadan. Just as al-Sunan al-Rawaatib are better than other kinds of voluntary prayers, so fasts observed (in the months) before and after Ramadan are better than fasts at other times.

Some of the recommended days to fast: 

Mondays and Thursdays, as the Prophet Muhammad would fast these days. 

It is also mustahabb (recommended) to fast three days each month, any three whether consecutively or not, but especially the 13th, 14th and 15th of the month which are known ayyam al-beed (the white days), due the moon being full on these three nights. 

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: My close friend [the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) ] advised me to do three things which I will not give up until I die: fasting three days of each month, praying Duha (the voluntary forenoon prayer) and going to sleep after Witr (the odd prayer). (al-Bukhari and Muslim)

It was narrated that Abu Dharr said: The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said to me: “If you fast any part of the month, then fast the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth.” (at-Tirmidhi)

This year, for the month of Sha'ban, Ayaam al beed falls upon Wednesday 11th, Thurs 12th and Friday the 13th of June 2014 (according to London timings). 

Please do not compare yourself to others. What you possess, what you contribute, is yours alone. No one else no matter how accurate the imitation, can execute what you can. Not in the way that you can. Some of us can wake up for qiyaamul layl. Some of us can’t. Some of us can fast all of the voluntary fasts. Some of us can’t. Some of us can give a lot in charity, some of us can only give a little. We are not placed on the earth to imitate what others do and how they do it, we are here to serve Him. In the best ways that we, individually can. Find your strengths and use them. Identify your weaknesses and improve them. Please do not spend your days comparing yourself to others. You are you, and what you possess, what you contribute, is yours alone.

“You recognize the Qur'aan reader when he stays up worshiping at night while others remain asleep, and he observes voluntary fast during the day when others feast. He is mostly heavy-hearted, while others merrily celebrate the attractions of this passing world. He cries when others laugh, he is silent while others mix truth with falsehood, and he is humble and meek when others walk around exhibiting haughtiness disdain and arrogance. In fact the one who reads the Qur'aan is contemplative and despondent; he is wise, forbearing, knowledgeable and mostly quiet. Such one is neither coarse nor slumberous and he is not boisterous, vociferous, or argumentative.”

Abdullaah ibn Mas’ud, Hilyat al-Awliya.

May Allaah make us from amongst the ahl ul-Qur'an. Ameen.

anonymous asked:

I see my salah as a chore and like an "ugh" but i don't wanna feel like this about it. And what should i think about during my salah like i try to think of Allah but i dont know what to think i only picture him looking at me

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,

It happens sometimes that we won’t be able to concentrate in our salaah. When we stand for the prayer always keep in mind that Allah is watching us and maybe it’s our last salaah and we won’t get other chance to pray as mentioned in hadith:

It is reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: “Pray and consider  that as your last prayer in this world and as if you see your lord, as if you do not see Him He truly seeing you.” Reported by Ibn Majah and Tabrani.

Increase Your Good Deeds

Your faith is not constant. It goes up and down. Doing good deeds increases your faith, and those with more faith are bound to be more fearful of their Lord and more mindful of death.

This will bring us hope for the Mercy of Allah while also breeding fear of His wrath.

Hence, performing extra good deeds like reciting Quran, giving charity, making extra prayers, and performing voluntary fasts should also improve our focus in prayer.

Decrease Your Bad Deeds

If increasing good deeds will improve your concentration in prayer, then obviously decreasing your bad deeds will have the same effect.

When we commit sin, we open ourselves up for the Shaytan (Devil) and his whispers. If the noble companions had to struggle to ward off his plans, then how much more vulnerable are we?

In shaa Allah, let’s watch our sins, keep them to a minimum, and seek repentance when we fall short. This will also increase our faith and in turn, our khushoo’.

Ask Allah to give you sincerity in the prayers and try to do dhikr all the time. It will help in shaa Allah.If you have any other question, feel free to ask.

May Allah guide us all to the straight path.


anonymous asked:

Salam, I need help how do you stay away from bad sins 😞

Alikum Salam

Some advice: 

1) Have Taqwa of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Do things that will help you be conscious of that fact that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is always with you and always watching you such as always trying to do Dhikr, reading the Quran everyday, voluntary fasting, establishing Salah 5 times a day with khushoo, establishing Tahajjud Salah, listening to recitation of the Quran, giving sadaqa for the sake of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), reading through books of Hadith and trying to learn the meaning of the Quran by listening or reading Tafsir of the Quran

2) Also always make sure to stay away from situations, people and places that bring you closer to a sin or make you more likely to commit a sin. If you think you do a certain sinful act when you are alone, try to stay surrounded by family. If you feel like there are certain friends in/due to whose company you commit a sin, reduce socializing with these people. If there is a certain time of the day when you are likely to commit a sin, try to busy yourself at that time of the day with something good.

3) Recite Surah Nas (while being conscious of its meaning by listening to a Tafsir class) when you think of committing a sin. Also say أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم 

4) Try to stay away from minor sins as minor sins weaken you defenses and hence eventually could lead to committing major sins.

5) Make lots of dua to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to always help you stay away from sins. Every time you commit a sinful deed, follow it up with a good deed. Always do Istighfar.

Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said: "Be conscious of Allah wherever you are. Follow the bad deed with a good one to erase it, and engage others with beautiful character.“ (Tirmidhi)

Never lose hope in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Always remember:

Messenger of Allah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said: “All the sons of Adam are sinners, but the best of sinners are those who repent often.” (Tirmidhi)

Please make dua that I can follow this advice too. Takecare (:

What’s wrong with giving nice answers?

Like should we be spitting on people and kicking them in the shin?

What’s so wrong about being even-handed and directing yourselves towards bringing people together? Towards peace and harmony?

The Prophet is reported in Abu Dawud to have said the following:

“Shall I not inform you of something more excellent in degree than (voluntary) fasting, prayer and almsgiving [sadaqah]?” The people replied, “Yes, Prophet of God!” He said, “It is putting things right between people. Spoiling relations is the shaver.” 

In another version of this Hadith, found in Tirmidhi, The Prophet ends by saying:

“It is the shaver, and I do not say that it shaves hair, but that it shaves (i.e. destroys) the Deen.”