wudhu*

Because this, right here? Needs to be talked about. Everything about this scene, every shot, every cut, speaks volumes.

From the way Sana worms her way past the people at the party to enter the bathroom, and as soon as the door shuts, the music stops. Because from here, her preparation for Salah has begun. She’s in a whole different mindset from here on out.

She performs the Wudhu (ablution), which is needed to done, before reading the Salah. From her actions, you can see her performing the same actions of washing her hands, her face, gargling etc, 3 times, because that is how the Wudhu is performed. This isn’t the complete Wudhu, there’s more bits to it, but you can get the rough idea.

Then, she squeezes her way past people, being extremely cautious that nothing and no one touches her, because now that she is in a clean state of performing Salah, even the slightest bit of uncleanliness touching her, like alcohol, etc, would mean she would have to do her Wudhu again.

After she enters the room, she takes her phone out, and like most Muslims, she will have a compass app on her phone, that, when she uses, will inform her which direction the Qiblah (the Ka’abah in Makkah) is in, since it is the direction we face to pray our Salah in.

Once she finds it, she places the mat into position, and shuts her eyes. This is the final bit of worldly contact she will have, before she has to cut herself off, and go into direct, one to one communication with Allah. Her closing her eyes? That is her focusing, or rather, switching her focus, from worldly, to Allah, and Allah only.

She raises her hands, and that’s the sign that she is now in Salah, reading Salah. And notice the way we can HEAR Sana pray. That’s something I have NEVER seen happen on TV, EVER before, where we can HEAR the person pray. And it’s just silence. Pure silence. Nothing but Sana in direct communication with Allah, talking to Allah, praising Allah, asking Allah to guide her.

And the final part, where she goes down into Sujood, where she places her head on the floor? That is the ULTIMATE position of worship. That position signifies just how much we need our Allah, how we’re literally, on the floor, in worship of him, prostrating, needing his assistance, his guidance. 

Talk about this scene. Talk about it. Because this? Is HUGE.

Some personal intentions while taking wudhu

1. Whilst gargling mouth - I seek refuge in You from hurtful, thoughtless words, and I ask for Your forgiveness for the hurtful, thoughtless words that I’ve uttered.

2. Whilst rinsing nose - I seek refuge in You from illness.

3. Whilst washing face - I seek refuge in You from gazing sinfully, and ask for Your forgiveness for the sinning of my eyes. I ask that you beautify my manners just as you’ve beautified my looks.

4. Whilst washing arms - I seek refuge in You from causing harm to anyone with my hands or from touching anything sinful, and I ask for Your forgiveness for the sins I committed with them.

5. Whilst wiping head - I seek refuge in You from loss of memory, and I ask You for beneficial knowledge and guidance to act upon it.

6. Whilst washing feet - I ask for You to guide me to the right path and help me to remain steadfast on it, and that you keep my feet firm upon the Sunnah, and the Sirat Bridge on the Day of Judgement.

7. Upon finishing - Ash-hadu al-laa ilaaha illallah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasuluhu. Allahumma ij’alni min at-tawwaabeen, wa min al-mutatahhireen, wa min ‘ibaadika s-saaliheen ya Arham ar-Rahimeen. Subhaanaka allahumma wa bi hamdik, ash-hadu al-laa ilaaha illa ant, astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk.

(I bare witness that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad is His slave and messenger. O Allah, deem me of those who turn to You, of those who purify themselves, and of your righteous slaves, O Most Merciful of the Merciful. Glory be to You, O Allah, and all praise. I bare witness that there is no god worthy of worship except You, I seek Your forgiveness and I turn to You.)

Masterpost: Islamic Concepts, Words & Phrases!

So, as promised, here’s the masterpost of the different, most common, types of concepts, words and phrases that we, as Muslims, use in our day to day speak, and perform on the daily. The reason for this masterpost is so that, if and when Season 4 airs, and if it is about Sana, then most likely, these words and phrases, or concepts, may be commonly used/addressed, so it’s always nice to just, have a reference, I guess, of their meaning, so that you can understand the context and definition a little better! 

CONCEPTS.

Islam: The word “Islam” in itself means to submit, to surrender - to give yourself over to Allah, to feel the peace that giving yourself over to Allah brings to you.

Allah: The Arabic word for God.

Muhammad (sal’lalaahu alayhi wasalam): The final prophet sent down by Allah to mankind, with the religion of Islam. (sal’lalaahu alayhi wasalam), or sometimes seen as Muhammad (SAW) means ‘peace be upon him’, which you’ll sometimes see as Muhammad (PBUH). It is an extension we add on to the name Muhammad, whenever the prophet Muhammad (SAW) is being referred to, out of respect.

“The 5 Pillars of Islam”: These are, in essence, the 5 core aspects of Islam, that every Muslim must believe in, and do to their full potential, unless it is detrimental to their health, or they are unable to do so due to a lack of wealth:

  • Shahaadah - This is the very core belief of a Muslim. They “must testify and bear witness that there is no deity but Allah, and that Muhammad (SAW) is his worshipper and messenger.”
  • Salah - The 5 daily prayers, which must be read. These are Fajr (the prayer we read before sunrise), Zauhar (the midday prayer), Asr (the late afternoon prayer), Maghrib (the prayer we read before sunset) and Isha (the night prayer). Each of these prayers are signalled when the Adhaan (the call to prayer) is heard, and before performing these prayers, Wudhu (ablution) must be made.
  • Zakah - Alms, charity. Every year, we must take a portion of money out from our combined wealth that we own to give to charity to the poor and needy. Of course, to do that, Islam sets certain rules on how much wealth you must have in order to classify if whether you are in a position where you can give charity or not.
  • Sawm -  Fasting in the month of Ramadhan. Ramadhan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, whereby the start and the end of it is marked by the sighting of the crescent moon. During Ramadhan, Muslims all over the world must fast from sunrise to sunset, abstaining from food, water, sex and sin. They must instead increase their worshipping of Allah, by performing Salah and increasing their Tilaawat (reading of the Qur’aan), Tasbeeh (praising of Allah) and indulge themselves as much as they can within Islam. Suhoor (morning meal) is the meal we eat before sunrise happens, kind of like a breakfast, before we begin our fast for the day, and Iftaar (evening meal) is the meal we eat to break our fast, just as sunset is about to occur. Taraweeh is an additional compulsory Salah that Muslims must pray in Ramadhan (since this Salah is only read during Ramadhan, and in no other month beside it) after the Isha Salah. The end of Ramadhan is marked with Eid ul Fitr, the first of our 2 Eids that we have within the year, a celebration! The fasts in Ramadhan are only compulsory on people that are physically and mentally healthy enough to do them. 
  • Hajj - The 5 day sacred pilgrimage that takes place in the final month of the Islamic calendar, once a year. Muslims all over the world travel to Saudi Arabia, more specifically, Makkah and the surrounding cities near it, to perform their Hajj. Only those that are physically and mentally healthy, and that can afford the Hajj, will find it compulsory on them to do so. Our 2nd Eid, Eid ul Adha is celebrated on the 3rd day of Hajj, by remembering the sacrifice that the Prophets Ibrahim (Abraham) and his son, Ismail (Ishmael) were to make. 

Qur’aan: The Holy Book of Islam. It is considered to be Allah’s final word, and the final, unchanged Holy Book that was sent down via Angel Jibra’eel (Angel Gabriel) to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). 

Hadeeth: The teachings and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that were reported by his close family and friends.

Sunnah: The beloved actions of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that were reported by his close family and friends.

Shari’ah Law: The Islamic ruling. Any Muslim country will most likely be governed by the Shari’ah Law. However, its not just people living in a Muslim state that must abide by the Shari’ah Law. Muslims all over the world must try their best to abide by it too. The Shari’ah Law is based upon the teachings of the Qur’aan, which hold the most weight in Islam, with a little understanding from the Hadeeth and Sunnah, in terms of how to apply these Laws.

Jihad: The word itself means to struggle, to battle. There are 2 types:

  • Jihad Kabeera: The Greater Struggle/Battle - this is the one we as Muslims face on a daily basis, within ourselves, to better ourselves as believers of Allah, to always do the right thing by Islam, which is something that affects us on a daily basis, especially if we live in the West, since we face the battle of living in the Western society, as well as being Muslims, and choosing to do the right thing. 
  • Jihad Sagheera: The Lesser Struggle/Battle - this is the one where we proactively, as Muslims, must fight against anyone who wrongfully says ill about Islam. In it, we must take care that we are not hurting those, who have not hurt us, but rather, that we fight against the common prejudices, stigmas and stereotypes that are placed on Islam and Muslims. 

Hijaab: The headpiece the women of Islam are recognised by. However, hijaab is not just that. Hijaab is also in the way we dress modestly, the way we must act modestly, the way we must speak modestly, because the woman’s modesty in Islam is very, very highly valued and respected. Men are told lower their gazes in front of women. 

Niqaab: The face veil that some, not all, but some Muslim women choose to wear, if they want to.

Burqa: The long material that covers the head and reaches thigh length, that some women, again, choose to wear, if they don’t want to wear the Hijaab, but something a bit more looser and covering.

Abayah: The long “dress” the women wear, on top of their usual clothes. Most of the times, these are black, with several printed or embroidered designs on them for more fancier wear, or sometimes they are simple, for more everyday wear. Not all women wear an abayah, and not every abayah is black in colour.

Thobe/Jubbah: Kind of like an abayah, but for men? I guess? It’s a long stitched garment, that comes in many different colours, mostly neautrals, like white, gray, beige, black, blues, greens etc, that men wear. Muslim men in the East wear this more frequently than Muslim men in the West, but Muslim men in the West would most likely wear this on Friday, Ramadhan, and Eid - on sacred occasions.

Dua: Prayers. So, when you raise your hands and pray to Allah, and ask anything of him and remember the people who you want to remember in your prayers to Allah.

Jummah: It means Friday, which is the holy day for Muslims. Kind of like Sabbath, I guess. On Fridays, instead of the Zauhar prayer, men normally go to the Masjid (the mosque) to offer Jummah Salah (The Friday Prayer), where the Imam (the person leading the prayer) will give a Kutbah (a short sermon) regarding a specific topic to do with Islam.

Masjid: The Mosque. This is where Muslims gather to pray Salah 5 times a day.

Madressah: Islamic schooling - so, Islamic classes that, most often, take place inside the Masjid, i.e, the mosque, when it is not being used by the general Muslim public to offer Salah.

WORDS & PHRASES.

As-salaamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakaatuhu: This is a greeting, both used as a hello and a goodbye between Muslims. As-salaamu’alaikum - May peace be upon you, Warahmatullahi - And Allah’s mercy, Wabarakaatuhu - And his blessings. Usually though, most people will only say/use As-salaamu’alaikum.

Allah Hafiz: May Allah protect you. This is another greeting we have that Muslims use as a goodbye.

Bismillah hirahmaa niraheem: In the name of Allah, the most Merciful, the Most Kind. It’s a phrase we use/say when we’re about to start something, we start whatever we do in the name of Allah, by remembering him so that whatever we’re doing will have a successful outcome. Somtimes, we just say Bismillah, in short, which just means, In the Name of Allah.

Subhanallah: Glory be to Allah. This is a Tasbeeh (a praise of Allah) that is said when something overwhelms you, so much so, that you literally have to take a moment and glorify Allah for having that thing overwhelm you, whether it be someone’s beauty, something’s beauty, or something that’s happened that’s overwhelmed you in a really positive way.

Alhamdulillah: All praises be to Allah. This is a Tasbeeh that’s said when you’re thankful for something. Thankful for anything or anyone, for food, for good health, after we sneeze we say Alhamdulillah, or if someone is asking you how you are, you can simply reply back by saying Alhamdulillah, and they’ll understand that you are in good health, or if someone is offering you something extra, like food, for example, then you can simply say Alhamdulillah, and they’ll understand that you’re content with the amount you have.

Allahu Akbar: Allah is the Greatest. This is another Tasbeeh, but it’s used in quite versatile ways. It’s the first and last phrases of the Adhaan, it’s said in Salah, but it’s also used in daily speak too, most often when we want to reaffirm our belief in Allah, to remind ourselves that, Allah is our sole keeper of destiny, and that, sometimes, things we don’t anticipate can happen too. It’s a resounding statement of faith, that can invoke feelings of strength when it is needed, telling you to reevaluate where your faith is at. Or if something that you can’t believe is happening, you’ll say Allahu Akbar, to express your disbelief in it.

Insha’allah: If Allah wills. This is something we say when we’re thinking about the future, and we hope that the way we think about the future is something Allah is willing to offer us. Kind of like a “I don’t wanna jinx it”.

Mash’allah: Allah has willed. This is something we say out of respect for a situation, if it’s gone in favour of someone else we’re speaking to, or if we’re appreciating someone, whether it be their beauty or their character. It’s a way of showing someone that you’re extremely happy that Allah has willed for something to go their way. 

Wallah: I swear by Allah. It’s something you say when you’re absolutely serious about something, because you are swearing to Allah about it, you are keeping Allah as your witness about it.

Astagfirullah: I seek forgiveness from Allah. This is said when you’re repenting to Allah, or someone else may say this to you if they’re reminding you of something wrong that you did/are doing, not as a way to patronise, but to remind you that you have a choice in not doing that wrong thing either.

Jazakallah Khair: May Allah reward you with the best (of rewards). This is said in place of thank you, when you’re thanking someone for something, Most people sometimes just say Jazakallah, or either Baarakallah (May Allah’s blessings be upon you.)

Ameen: Amen. Something you say when you’re agreeing with something, or accepting something from someone.

Mubarak: Glad tidings/Congratulations. Usually you’ll hear people say this in Ramadhan or Eid, to each other, or if someone tells someone else they’re going for Hajj/have come back from Hajj, you’ll hear the phrases:  Ramadhan Mubarak, Eid Mubarak, Hajj Mubarak etc, but generally, it’s just used as way of saying congrats.

Nikah: Wedding.The actual wedding ceremony.

Ammi: Mum.

Abba: Dad.

Habibi/Habibti: The Most Beloved. Where Habibi is the masculine term, and Habibti is the feminine term. It’s not just said to the person you love romantically, it can be said platonically too, and quite often, is.

The leaking bucket

Beware of the leaking Bucket!

1.You take the best wudhu but waste a lot of water (a leaking Bucket).

2.You pray all of your prayers in time but you have no khushu (a leaking bucket).

3.You post reminders and have thousands of followers on Instagram and Facebook but you’re doing it for the fame not to please Allah (a leaking bucket).

4.You help others but you’re doing it to gain something from them and not doing those acts of kindness for the sake of Allah’s Glory (a leaking bucket).

5.You give alot of sadaqah to the poor but you humiliate them and hurt them (a leaking bucket).

6.You stand up for tahajjud at night, fast, read Quran every day and obey your Lord but you cut your family ties (a leaking bucket).

7.You are very kind to people and speak with them gently but with your family you are always harsh (a leaking bucket).

8.You fast and have sabr for the pangs of hunger and thirst but you swear, insult, curse (a leaking bucket).

9.You wear abaya and Hijab but your perfume is strong (a leaking Bucket).

10.You are following the sunnah and have a beard but you don’t lower your gaze (a leaking bucket).

11.You honour and treat your guest well but when he/she leaves you gossip about him/her and talk about all his/her flaws (a leaking bucket).

Do not gather all your good deeds in a leaking bucket. You struggle to fill it whilst it easily runs out through the leaking holes!

May Allah guide us to the right path, make us do all of our good actions for pleasing Him alone and by Your mercy be pleased with us always Ameen.

FY FAEN

Today was the first time I cried watching a skam clip because I related so much from the moment sana was/felt left out by everybody on the tram it was so familiar it was a scene I was used her friends just ignored and didn’t even try to include her in their fun. It was heartbreaking to see sana like that.

The conversation with her mom i straight up bawled because it was a conversation I both had with my siblings and with mother. When I started high school I had no muslim friends because I couldn’t connect with anyone because  I was the only muslim girl in my Latin class and the only time I saw other muslims was during Islam class which two hours a week

so most of my friends were white and usually atheists and even when they called me one of their best friends it took a lot of time before they actually (the majority) took me into account regarding parties, food, drinking and boys but seeing sana struggle with having a majority of white friends is such real struggle for muslim girls the constant issue of trying to adapt even though if took a little bit of consideration this shouldn’t be an issue at all

the prayer scene left me a mess honestly I have tears in my eyes while typing this. Sana preforming the wudhu was so raw and real, her not trying to get dirty while trying to get to do bedroom to pray. Sana looking for the way to pray with on her compas on her phone was such a relatable moment even though I try to pray at home as much as possible BUT SEEING SANA ACTUALLY PRAY HEARING THE MUSIC FADE AWAY HER MOUTHING THE SURAH WE HEAR IT WITH A FAINT VOICE WAS SUCH A POWERFUL MOMENT I never saw something like this on tv I honestly don’t know how to breath I never expected seeing sana actually pray even though I kept wishing for it with @imansmeskinis about it I am very grateful to actually see this

# Tiga hal yang WAJIB diperhatikan dalam masalah shalat #

1. Wudhu'nya => hendaknya disempurnakan (bukannya asal-asalan) !

2. Waktu-nya => hendaknya pada waktunya (bukannya diluar waktu) !

3. Thuma'ninahnya => hendaknya menyempurnakan ruku’ dan sujud-nya; dan gerakan-gerakan shalat; dengan tidak berpindah gerakan, hingga tulang punggung tegak, dan kita tenang (bukannya shalat seperti burung mematok makanan) !

Rasuulullaah bersabda:

خَمْسُ صَلَوَاتٍ افْتَرَضَهُنَّ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى

“Shalat lima waktu telah Allah ‘Ta’ala wajibkan bagi hamba-Nya.

مَنْ أَحْسَنَ وُضُوءَهُنَّ

(1) Barangsiapa memperbagus wudhunya,

وَصَلاَّهُنَّ لِوَقْتِهِنَّ

(2) mengerjakan shalat pada waktunya

وَأَتَمَّ رُكُوعَهُنَّ وَخُشُوعَهُنَّ

(3) menyempurnakan ruku’nya, dan khusyu’ ketika mengerjakannya

كَانَ لَهُ عَلَى اللَّهِ عَهْدٌ أَنْ يَغْفِرَ لَهُ

(barangsiapa yang melaksanakan shalat, dengan memenuhi tiga kriteria diatas) maka Allah berjanji akan mengampuninya.

وَمَنْ لَمْ يَفْعَلْ فَلَيْسَ لَهُ عَلَى اللَّهِ عَهْدٌ إِنْ شَاءَ غَفَرَ لَهُ وَإِنْ شَاءَ عَذَّبَهُ

Dan barangsiapa tidak melakukan (hal-hal diatas), maka Allah tidak memiliki janji. Jika Allah menghendaki, Dia akan mengampuninya dan jika Dia menghendaki, Dia akan mengadzabnya.”

(Shahiih; HR Ahmad, Abu Dawud, dan selainnya; dishahiihkan syekh al albaaniy)

Semoga bermanfaat

Beriman Pada Logika

Manusia, semakin hari semakin mengembangkan pemikiran cerdas dan logika yang luar biasa. Di satu sisi, luar biasa sekali perkembangan ini. Kehidupan semakin berkembang, pemahaman agama semakin komprehensif dan pembuktian kesempurnaan ilmu agama (Islam) juga makin banyak.

Tapi, tanpa kita sadari, logika seringkali membutakan kita, menjadi tuhan baru yang menjadi alasan kita melakukan amal yang diperintahkan agama.

Apakah para sahabat Rasul dulu selalu tahu efek baik duniawi di dalam setiap perintah Allah? 

Apakah Umar tahu bahwa sholat tahajjud itu baik bagi kesehatan? Belum tentu. Apakah Abdurahman bin Auf tahu bahwa bersedekah dan berbuat baik akan memberikan energi positif pada semesta sehingga semesta akan mengembalikan kebaikan itu pada dirinya (lalu beliau menjadi konglongmerat yang super kaya raya sampai resah karena dia terlalu kaya)? Rasanya tidak. Apakah para sahabat tahu apa saja nama nutrisi dan vitamin yang terkandung dalam kurma? Mungkin tidak. Kita lebih tahu.

Tapi para sahabat menjalankannya semata - mata karena itu semua perintah Allah, itu semua sunnah Rasulullah. Sami’na wa ato’na.

Seperti ketika seorang alumni perang Badr berbuat kesalahan dan Umar ibn Khattab RA hendak membunuhnya namun Rasulullah melarangnya. Umar bertanya mengapa dan mengapa, namun ketika Rasulullah menjawab bahwa itu perintah Allah (karena semua alumni perang Badr diampuni dosanya), tanpa banyak bicara Umar mundur. Sami’na wa ato’na, tanpa perlu mengusungkan logikanya lagi.

Ingat perjalanan Nabi Musa yang merasa sangat pintar kemudian Allah mempertemukannya dengan Khidir yang ternyata lebih bijak? Dari kisah mereka yang diabadikan dalam QS Al - Kahfi, kita belajar untuk sami’na wa ato’na. Dengarkan dan lakukan, beriman pada apa saja yang Allah perintahkan dan larang. 

Seringnya, kita banyak membantah. Tentu saja kita boleh bertanya mengapa. Tentu saja kita boleh mencari tahu, bahkan Allah memerintahkan kita untuk mempelajari. Namun, kita harus menelisik ke dalam hati kita. Benarkah pertanyaan - pertanyaan yang kita ajukan betul - betul karena ingin tahu, atau sekedar bantahan karena kita enggan melaksanakan?

Begini. Bisa kan kita bedakan kedua pertanyaan ini.

1. Kenapa ya, wudhu kan batal kalau kita kentut? Nah, yang kentut bagian itu, kok yang dibasuh bagian lain? I want to know.

2. Kenapa sih, wudhu kan batalnya karena kentut? Kok yang dibasuh bagian lain? Gamau ah, gw mau basuh pantat aja kalo gt.

Apakah bisa membedakan keduanya? Yang pertama, meski masih bertanya, dia mengerjakan. Yang kedua, karena logikanya belum tahu, dia enggan melaksanakan. 

Tentu saja Islam adalah agama yang logis. Namun, ada beberapa hal yang memang belum bisa kita mengerti sendiri, karena itulah kita membutuhkan bimbingan dari guru dan ulama. Penyakit kita seringkali adalah sudah merasa tahu, sehingga mengedepankan logika dalam beragama.

Iman kadang belum bisa kita terima logikanya. Bukan karena tidak logis, tapi karena logika kita belum sempurna dan belum bisa mencerna. Pengalaman, pembelajaran, pemahaman, yang membantu kita memahami iman. Semakin kita mengenal Islam, semakin kita tidak akan banyak komplain terhadap aturannya kok, semakin pula logika kita akan dibimbing ke arah yang lebih benar. 

Semoga kita menjadi umat yang tunduk, sami’na wa ato’na terhadap perintah agama, sejalan dengan itu terus belajar mengapa demikian mengapa begitu.

*kegelisahan topik ini sudah mengendap selama beberapa bulan terakhir.

CMIIW

remind me again how showing a young muslim poc girl living in norway, who has to squeeze her way through drunk people at a party to the bathroom to perform wudhu, and then find a room to read her maghrib salah in peace and quiet, despite the loud music and rowdiness of the people she can hear from outside of the room, but still, holding her ground and zoning herself out from the outside world, and into direct contact with Allah through her maghrib salah and finding her peace and sanctuary within that, isn’t important?

remind me again why showing this on western media isn’t important.

The Leaking Bucket

Beware of the leaking Bucket!

1.You take the best wudhu but waste a lot of water (a leaking Bucket).

2.You pray all of your prayers in time but you have no khushu (a leaking bucket).

3.You post reminders and have thousands of followers on Instagram and Facebook but you’re doing it for the fame not to please Allah (a leaking bucket).

4.You help others but you’re doing it to gain something from them and not doing those acts of kindness for the sake of Allah’s Glory (a leaking bucket).

5.You give alot of sadaqah to the poor but you humiliate them and hurt them (a leaking bucket).

6.You stand up for tahajjud at night, fast, read Quran every day and obey your Lord but you cut your family ties (a leaking bucket).

7.You are very kind to people and speak with them gently but with your family you are always harsh (a leaking bucket).

8.You fast and have sabr for the pangs of hunger and thirst but you swear, insult, curse (a leaking bucket).

9.You wear abaya and Hijab but your perfume is strong (a leaking Bucket).

10.You are following the sunnah and have a beard but you don’t lower your gaze (a leaking bucket).

11.You honour and treat your guest well but when he/she leaves you gossip about him/her and talk about all his/her flaws (a leaking bucket).

Do not gather all your good deeds in a leaking bucket. You struggle to fill it whilst it easily runs out through the leaking holes!

May Allah guide us to the right path, make us do all of our good actions for pleasing Him alone and by Your mercy be pleased with us always Ameen.

“Outside of your Salah and outside of your Sujood, make Du’aa. In your late nights, make Du’aa. And in your daytime, make Du’aa. During Wudhu, make Du’aa. And outside of Wudhu, make Du’aa. Do your Du’aa raising your hands. Do your Du’aa without raising your hands. You can do Du’aa in all your settings.

Du’aa patches that deteriorating heart. It softens the heart, purifies the heart and the soul, and it gives you never-ending hope. Pure souls can never do without Du’aa. It could be and it happens that if Allaah subhaanahu wa ta’aala loves you, He closes all the avenues in this life in your face, so you can open that communication that you have been neglecting with Him, because He loves to hear from you. Hopes and goals that you thought were impossible could easily become a reality with Du’aa. Those who call Yaa Rabb, Yaa Rabb, never get disappointed. We are the ones who need Him subhaanahu fee ‘ulaah, yet He is the One who asks us to ask Him.“

-Ahmad Musa Jibril

anonymous asked:

How can i improve khushoo in salah?

There are many ways to improve one’s kushoo and this is partly attained throughout a long process. Here are some points I myself have found to be very effective and the more you get into the routine of this the easier it will be.

1. Prepare yourself before salaah meaning do your wudhu with caution, clean the prayer room, wear beautiful prayer clothes since this is something the prophet salallahu alayhi wassalaam prescribed. Bring that kind of awareness back to you that you re going to stand before Allah as if it is your last prayers. Many people fail to internalise sometimes that salaat is like a very important meeting with Allah.

2. Preparing one’s self for prayer can also mean motivating one’s self before or calming down. Like, take as much as you want before the prayer to maybe reflect on the Qur'an. Sit onto your prayer mat and go through the meaning of the surahs you want to recite. Or simply sit there to collect yourself.

3. Salaah becomes more important the more you revolve your day around Islam and its ibadah. I know, this is not always possible because some of us are not always home but at school and work. But it can mean simple things. Reciting a few pages of the Quran in the morning and evening, doing your adhkar when you wake up or before you go to sleep. Listening to Quran when you go somewhere. All these things can help you to bring back that ‘islamic’ feelings back to you.

4. Other than that you can change something about the way you used pray. What I mean with this is that one must maybe start to to lengthen their prayers and instead of just praying 4 fardh rakaat without dhikr afterwards, add the recommended sunnah prayers to it.

The prophet salallahu alayhi wassalaam said:

Allah will build a house in Heaven for whoever is diligent in observing 12 Sunnah Rak'aat (as follows): 4 Rak'aat before and 2 after the Dhuhr (Midday) Prayer, 2 after the Maghrib (Sunset Prayer), 2 after the ‘Ishaa’ (Evening) Prayer and 2 before the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer.“ Hadith sahih narrated by at-Tirmidhi No. 379 and by others. Hadith No. 6183 in Sahih al-Jaami’.

I think this is very effective for those among us who have the tendency to rush through salaah. It will cause you to have more discipline, and increase your concentration.

4. Learn new surahs with meaning by heart. It can be either a surah that you really like and that makes you feel very emotional, or you can memorize the recommend 30 juzz, the last 20? pages of the Qur'an and strengthen your memory by constantly reciting in in salaah.
I personally think that the longer one’s are very helpful because again you don’t have the option to rush through your prayer.

5. A small thing I also wanted to mention is music. Music is so toxic for salaah, there were so many times I would hear some random music before and it would exactly play inside my head when I would start salaah.

That’s all that I had found to be effective in a way. For the ones who know more, can add their tips to it. Maybe you should also look into the book 'inner dimensions of prayer’.

Lindungi Wajahmu

Kemarin ketika pelatihan UKM, saya berkenalan dengan seorang ibu muda berusia 40 tahun. Ketika mengobrol, dia bercerita bahwa suaminya tidak mengizinkannya menggunakan make up. Ini bukan pertama kali saya menemukan seorang istri tidak diperbolehkan suaminya mengenakan apapun di mukanya. 

Saya sedih, karena istri - istri itu jadi tidak melindungi wajahnya dengan apapun. Resiko kerusakan kulit pada kulit yang tidak dilindungi lebih besar. Memang sih air wudhu bisa mencerahkan wajah kalau kata dosen saya, tapi ikhtiar lain perlindungan dari pengaruh luar yang buruk juga menurut saya perlu. 

Make up, sepanjang pengetahuan saya adalah kosmetik dekoratif (kosmetik yang berfungsi sebagai elemen estetika). Sayangnya, banyak laki - laki maupun kita sebagai perempuan yang tidak tahu bagaimana memilah fungsinya. Dianggapnya semua kosmetik yang menempel di wajah adalah make up (atau dekoratif)

Ibu - ibu, terutama bapak - bapak, kita harus tahu bahwa fungsi kosmetik di wajah tidak hanya untuk berhias. Oke wait, kosmetik itu sangat luas loh. Sabun, shampoo, parfum, deodoran, hand body lotion, itu semua adalah kosmetik. Jadi, para bapak juga menggunakan kosmetik setiap hari kecuali yang tidak mandi dan bebersih badan. Kosmetik pembersih biasa disebut wash rinse cosmetic (eh apa ya, saya lupa, intinya itu lah). Sedangkan handbody lotion, pelembab, butter lotion, termasuk pelembab wajah dan area mata, itu biasa disebut skin care cosmetics. 

Ceritanya saya hampir tidak pernah mengenakan pelembab apapun di wajah hingga 27 tahun. Ketika saya bekerja di perusahaan kosmetik pada 2015, wajah saya dicek oleh alat kantor dan barulah tahu bahwa banyak kerusakan di sana. Sekarang juga muncul banyak sekali flek hitam yang tidak terkendali. Selain karena usia, karena ketidakperdulian saya merawat wajahlah yang menyebabkan demikian. Kalau kata dokter kulit di kantor waktu itu, usia 25 tahun kita sebaiknya sudah menggunakan krim anti agging, karena agging kulit sudah dimulai di usia itu (yah yang ini mah ga wajib, pake air wudhu aja).

Jadi, Bapak - bapak, melarang istri berhias untuk memenuhi syariat agama itu adalah yang terbaik. Tapi cerdaslah, jangan larang istrimu menempelkan krim - krim di wajah, karena krim - krim itu bukan agar cantik, tapi sebagai bentuk ikhtiar melindungi kulit wajah dari ultraviolet, polusi dan debu, udara dan cuaca yang ekstrim, dan hal - hal buruk lain yang seringkali menyebabkan penyakit seperti kanker kulit.

Bedak pun, selain sebagai make up dekoratif, dia juga melindungi wajah untuk terkena pengaruh luar secara langsung. Kalau saya pribadi  menggunakan bedak agar tidak terlihat pucat (karena wajah asli saya sangat pucat), juga lipstik dengan alasan yang sama. 

Banyak pelembab wajah yang tidak mempengaruhi warna wajah secara signifikan. Yang pernah saya coba Hada Labo, Wardah sun cream gel SPF 30 (yang ini sudah banyak testimonial dari konsumen bahwa mereka sangat suka), Wardah White Secret SPF 35, Body Shop pelembab wajah (duh yang ini enak banget), SK II miracle water. Dua brand terakhir itu saya coba karena kantor beli untuk referensi, jadi saya wajib mencoba. Merk - merk yang lain lupa.

Pelembab yang saya beli sendiri adalah produk menengah yang terjangkau dan aman. Jadi, merawat wajah ga selalu harus mahal, ga harus kok beli SKII (tapi kalo mampu sih ga papa, karena bagus, hahaha). Semuanya teksturnya ringan, mudah diaplikasikan, sehingga kalau kita habis berwudhu, kita bisa mengaplikasikannya lagi dengan cepat dan mudah. Jadi Bapak - bapak, pake kosmetik tidak selalu membutuhkan waktu lama loh, aplikasi pelembab dan bedak hanya 2 menit, tapi sebagai ikhtiar melindungi kulit istrimu sepanjang hari. Masa gamau punya istri yang kulitnya sehat?

CMIIW

so someone asked me, “why did we not see the balloon squad pray?”

2 reasons.

1. maybe they’re not as religious as sana is - which is okay. we don’t all, always, pray our salah. sometimes we miss it because of cirumstances, whilst some people simply don’t pray that much, and that’s okay! each muslim’s islam is personal to themselves, we must therefore not judge.

2. and i think this is probably a bigger reason why: because sana is the main, and we, right now, are living as though we are the main. we are sana. sana is us. and so, i think it was only right, that the first time the salah is shown to be prayed on the show, that it be shown by having sana pray only, so that we as viewers can understand the magnitude of how sacred the salah is. so that we can understand how much meaning, and value it holds. so that we can understand that “oh, okay, so before salah, you have to find a bathroom to perform wudhu, and then you have to make sure after your wudhu, that you remain in a clean state, and then we have to find a room and locate the direction of the qiblah (the direction of the ka’abah in makkah) and then we have to make sure we shift our entire focus, from the world, to solely on Allah, and then we can start praying.” 

julie wanted us to feel the weight of this moment firsthand, as a outer body experience, so that it would remain resonated within us. if we had the boys join in, our focus would be less on sana, and more on the boys - which is wrong, because in salah, the focus should be only on Allah alone, because we are establishing a direct one to one communication with him, and all our thought should be on that.

and now that we’ve felt that, through sana, we can understand the magnitude of the salah. so now, when indeed, if we do see the boys pray together, then we’ll understand how much the salah means to them through sana’s eyes, because we’ve felt it firsthand within the 1st episode, through this clip. 

Making wudhu more often, even when it’s not time to pray, will really make you feel better. You’re literally washing your sins away