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Yes, Make Your Own History!

Salam,
Bismillah.

One of the amazing things about Ramadan is that it is a month that has always made history! Amazing, right?

Lets take a peak.

  • Quran (Word of Allah) was revealed in Ramadan. We are well aware of the effect Quran’s revelation had on world’s history. Can you tell some of them?
  • Battle of Badr was fought in Ramadan. This battle is called the ‘Day of Criterion’ (8:41). Truth and falsehood were separated completely on that day.
  • Conquest of Makkah also happened in this blessed month. It turned history’s direction. Can you tell how?

If Ramadan can transform the map of this world, can’t it bring a change in us?

Do we need to change? (Not really, I’m already doing lots of good stuff).
If you are on the path of goodness, do more good. Go higher and higher and higher…
If you offer your salah 5 times a day punctually then check the quality of your salah. If the quality is good then start offering tahajjud. If you’re offering tahajjud as well then try not to miss out on your ishraq nawafil. If you’re doing that too then check if you act upon the following ayah whenever you have a problem?
“And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah]” (2:45)

Ramadan is a month given to us for change. Prayers, charities, good deeds should increase.
Ramadan and non-Ramadan should not be equal for us. It should not be equal. It should be better from every aspect.

TARGET OF RAMADAN: I have to be good, more than before.

Need to increase in taqwa. Turn your intentions toward Allah. Cooking, sleeping, charity, giving out food…everything for Allah.

Have to be firm about leaving our bad habits. (Yes you can do it. Remember what we just talked about it? Make history :D)
Don’t wait for others to push you. Be self-motivated. Decide and stick to it. And make du’aa to Allah (SWT) for help in leaving a bad habit.

Fasting makes you recognize your ability of self-control. Even when no one’s looking you still don’t eat, not even a bite. What stops you? Your decision! Your decision that you’re on a fast and will not eat a thing till Maghrib. This is not a small thing. Think about it. You don’t eat not for a day, not for two days but for thirty days!!!
So, decide to bring that change in you and you’ll be able to do it, inshaAllah. (You do have self-control). :)
For example, make a firm resolve that you will get up for Fajr. And you will, iA! (You’ll feel as if angels came down from up above and woke you up).

So, this Ramadan make your own history! Because you can do it!

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

P.S. This has been taken from the talk of a scholar and has been translated.

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Quran and You: A new beginning!

Salam,
Bismillah.

I just want to compile here some tips and reminders (randomly), given by Nouman Ali Khan today in the ’10 Day Ramadan Prep Challenge’. (Link to that talk will be posted as soon as it gets available inshaAllah).

The first thing to understand is that when you talk about Ramadan ‘Quran’ should come to your mind rather than ‘fasting’. Because Ramadan has its importance because of the Quran. Allah talks to Bani-Israel in the beginning of the Quran that I gave you priority over other nations, you were people of the Book etc. And then Allah defines the shifting of roles from Bani-Israel to the ‘ummah of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W BECAUSE of the Book revealed on Nabi S.A.W.
So we are an ‘ummah having importance because of the Quran and Ramadan is our month, again having importance because of the Quran. The real thing is the Quran.
This Ramadan should be about our connection with Allah (and what better way than through His own words i.e. the Quran).
Do not let this month be a celebration or tradition like other nations have. Be different. Let it change your life. Don’t let it be the month of biryanis or pakoras.  Quran is the actual point of pride. Take pride in that.

Quran is in itself a mercy. Because it is taught by THE Most Merciful.
“The Most Merciful Taught the Qur’an,” (55:2)
(Hey we all need mercy, right?)
On one hand it says that if We had sent down this Qur’an upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah but on the other hand Quran itself acknowledges that (for human beings) Quran is revealed to lighten their burdens, to make their lives easier.
So start now. There is no such thing as tomorrow, you and I only have today.
Bring the attitude of immediate change in you. Remember the companions of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W changed the direction towards their qibla in their prayer, immediately.

Another thing to note is that Quran is a record of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W’s struggles. His mission was to spread this Book and the hardships He faced are unimaginable. He was so concerned that people save themselves from Allah’s wrath that Allah told Him to calm down.
It says in the Quran: “Then perhaps you would kill yourself through grief over them, [O Muhammad], if they do not believe in this message, [and] out of sorrow.” (18:6)

Where is that concern in us? Where is that concern for the whole humanity in the ‘ummah? (Think about it).
We are the ambassadors of Islam, of Quran. Is the Quran represented in our character? In our attitude?
This Quran is not a Book of academics, it is not a Book of beautiful recitations… It’s a Book of attitudes man!

What an honor it would be if the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W calls us the People Of The Quran on that day!!

The following are answers to queries.
Behaviors aren’t corrected by mere address. It usually backfires. Don’t say anything too direct. Do it through a friend, by putting a good reminder in the car’s player etc. And remember, it’s not what you say, it’s Allah Who puts barakah in one word and it changes someone completely. But watch out what you say. Choose your words carefully. Remember how messed up you were sometime ago.
Ramadan is all about fruits and direct connection (with Allah SWT, with Quran). Work on that.
Make sure you recite Quran after Fajr regularly for at least 20 minutes (it doesn’t matter how much you cover in that time, doing it is important).
Go easy with the iftar. Don’t waste your time in making huge iftars. You won’t be able to stand straight in Maghrib, let alone tarawih.
Kids are your reflection. Don’t be sarcastic to them, don’t let them give up on you (with your attitude). You taught them. Parents are concerned about their child, not about self. We don’t dignify our kids, we don’t give them respect. It’s really really important, when they make adult decisions it will count. One, make communication open. Two, give respect.

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

P.S. Some sentences are as it is, some have been rephrased for better understanding.

Isn’t It Time We Woke Up???

Salam,
Bismillah.

I just happened to look at a not so old newspaper (The News, July 3, 2011). And this is what I came across: “US Embassy holds gay, lesbian ceremony in Islamabad”.
Inside the report it said: “The US Embassy has arranged first ever gay, lesbians and transgender pride celebration ceremony in Islamabad and assured its participants that Washington would continue to support their cause here in Pakistan.”

Pakistan is a Muslim country. Muslims are those who believe in one God (Allah), His Messenger Muhammad (S.A.W) and believe that Quran (Allah’s word) was revealed on the Prophet (S.A.W).

So what does Quran say about those who commit this shameful act?

And [We had sent] Lut when he said to his people, “Do you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds? Indeed, you approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people.” (7 : 80-81)

It is clearly stated here that they approached men with desire, instead of women. And further on it says that they ridiculed Prophet Lut (A.S)’s message. So what happened to them?

And We rained upon them a rain [of stones]. Then see how was the end of the criminals. (7 : 84)

In another chapter of the Quran the same story is told in these words:

Do you approach males among the worlds? And leave what your Lord has created for you as mates? But you are a people transgressing.” (26 : 165-166)

And further on it says that they ridiculed Prophet Lut (A.S)’s message. Consequences?

And We rained upon them a rain [of stones], and evil was the rain of those who were warned. Indeed in that is a sign, but most of them were not to be believers. (26 : 173-174)

So there is a sign in this story. Can you guess what? In another place in the Quran it is mentioned:

And We have certainly presented for the people in this Qur’an from every [kind of] example – that they might remember. (39 : 27)

They might remember what? The terrible punishment of those people, they were stoned to death. And it says in another place that:

So when Our command came, We made the highest part [of the city] its lowest and rained upon them stones of layered hard clay, [which were] Marked from your Lord. And Allah ‘s punishment is not from the wrongdoers [very] far. (11 : 82-83)

So they were not only stoned to death, the stones were marked for each person by the Lord. And their city was picked up and slammed back upside down. This is a reminder for those who commit this heinous crime. And to think of celebration in our own country?

Isn’t it high time we woke up??????

Wassalam.

Wanna be wise?

Salam,
Bismillah.

I want to share something which I heard in a Friday sermon sometime ago. It struck me!

We all need wisdom, right? Because wisdom is doing or saying the right thing at the right time with the right words or right actions. We all want that. We all want ourselves to be perfect in every situation.

Well, here’s the key:
He said that wisdom comes from two things.

1. Akhlaas (Purity in your intentions for Allah).
2. Akhlaaq (A good conduct).

See? Adopt these two and you’re on top of the world already! :)

Wassalam,
Hajrah.

Love Struck!

Salam,
Bismillah.




Wassalam. :)

Time Management

Salam,
Bismillah.

Check out Muhammad Alshareef speak on time management!






Wassalam. :)

One Wrong Turn!

Salam,
Bismillah.

About a week ago I had to go to a meeting in the next city. As we started off, I was naturally happy. I had the address all clear in my mobile phone and no worries. But when we got off the main highway, we didn’t know where to go. We moved on and went on getting more confused every passing minute. Finally, we hit on a dead end! We turned back and kept going wrong. And then we came to know that in the beginning we turned left instead of right. So that was the problem!

That could be a serious problem: One wrong turn!

Sometimes in life we take one little wrong turn and get lost and confused. And I was thinking what if we are never able to turn back? We don’t even realize at that time that we had gone wrong at that point? And what would be the consequences then? Hell-fire forever? Can we even think about it for a micro-second? No! Not me! Then what should be done?

Since we’re weak (Al-Quran 4:28) and need support to stay on the right track so we can ask Allah for help. Keep making du’aa for guidance toward the right path and keep repenting in case we’ve gone astray and don’t even know. InshaaAllah!
And He helps, He really does!

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

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