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Ramadan – 30 days; 30 to-dos


Last Ramadan, Quran on Skype every Sunday arranged Dora-e-Quran on Skype and with that assigned daily tasks from each juzz. I’m compiling them here so that we may benefit from them this Ramadan as well. You might bookmark this post and read one task daily and try to follow it, inshaAllah. :)
Share it with your loved ones.


Task for today is “speaking good”.
‘And speak to people good [words]’ (Al-Baqarah 83).
“Good” includes all possible good things/manners related to speaking e.g. using good words, keeping your tone soft and polite, speaking with a nice smile etc.. :)

Ah! And not being angry at little things! :)


Task for today is “sorting out the extras”.
‘And they ask you what they should spend. Say, “The excess [beyond needs].”‘
(Al-Baqarah 219).
Open your cupboard/closet. Take out the things that you have just for ‘keep-sake’ and you don’t need those much. Give them away to the needy during Ramadan.
WHY IN RAMADAN? Read below…

‘Allah’s Apostle was the most generous of all the people, & he used to reach the peak of generosity in the month of Ramadan when Angel Gabriel met him. Allah’s Apostle was the most generous person, even more generous than the strong uncontrollable wind (in readiness and haste to do charitable deeds)’
(Bukhari & Muslim)


Task for today is “making a list out of each juzz”.
You read a commandment by Allah (SWT) in the Quran and you write it down in your list (to act upon really soon or later if you don’t have strength now). And you keep filling up that list with every commandment you come across that has to be acted upon. By the end of Ramadan you’ll know what to do next and how to set your targets, inshaAllah! :)


Task for today is “learn du’aa for taqwa and hang it in your room”.
‘O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him].’ (Al-i-‘Imran 102)

Translation: ‘O Allah! Indeed I ask You for guidance, Allah consciousness, chastity and contentment.’ (Muslim).


Task for today is “do one single good deed (however small it may be) ONLY for Allah”.
Keep it a secret. Don’t share it with ANYONE.
WHY? Intention is acting upon the ayah: ‘Indeed, Allah does not do injustice, [even] as much as an atom’s weight; while if there is a good deed, He multiplies it and gives from Himself a great reward.’ (An-Nisa 40).
InshaAllah. :)


Task for today is “Share one good thing/ayah that you learned today from juzz 6 with at least one person.”
‘And remember the favor of Allah upon you’ (Al-Ma’ida 7).
We want this for our dear ones: ‘There has come to you from Allah a light and a clear Book. By which Allah guides those who pursue His pleasure to the ways of peace and brings them out from darknesses into the light, by His permission, and guides them to a straight path.’ (Al-Ma’ida 15-16).
InshaAllah. :)


Task for today is “examine 2 or 3 fruits closely, note their similarities and differences and praise Allah for them. Think could anyone else have done it?”
‘And [We produce] gardens of grapevines and olives and pomegranates, similar yet varied. Look at [each of] its fruit when it yields and [at] its ripening. Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe.’ (Al-An’aam 99)
Do you believe? Then PONDER ON THE SIGNS. (And that will surely increase your faith).


Task for today is “eat and drink with the pleasure of acting upon Allah’s words. But do not commit excess because Allah does not like those who commit excess.”
‘O children of Adam…………..and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess.’ (Al-A’araaf 31).

This is the beauty of our religion Islam that you’re eating and drinking, getting pleasure and also getting ajar. (If you’re eating within imposed bounds). :)


Task for today is “find your Toor”.
‘And We made an appointment with Moses for thirty nights and perfected them by [the addition of] ten; so the term of his Lord was completed as forty nights.’ (Al-A’raaf 142).
Musa A.S was called high up on mount Toor for seclusion so that he be given tablets (Holy writings) by his Lord.

This ayah gives us the lesson that to do something great we need to fix some time and of course decide some job for the ‘greater good’ (that we think we can be perfect at) and do it regularly in seclusion. So take some time out today, go to a lone spot and decide your Toor and then start working on it with continuity. You will soon achieve success iA. :)

JUZZ 10:

Task for today is “watch your salah”.
It is said about the hypocrites in the Quran: ‘and that they come not to prayer except while they are lazy’ (At-Tawba 54).
(A severe punishment awaits the munafiqeen in the Hereafter).
Keep a check.

JUZZ 11:

Task for today is “to make a separate wudhu (perform separate ablution) for every salah and be extra careful about it”.
‘A mosque founded on righteousness from the first day is more worthy for you to stand in. Within it are men who love to purify themselves; and Allah loves those who purify themselves.’ (At-Tauba 108).
Take some extra time while making wudhu and make sure every part is cleaned nicely. Then share the feel here. =)

JUZZ 12:

Task for today is “to do istighfaar (ask for forgiveness) with an attentive heart for at least 10 minutes, thinking about nothing else.”
In Surah Hud we read that every Prophet enjoined His nation to do istighfaar, to repent. And it has unimaginable benefits (in both worlds).

‎'”Seek forgiveness of your Lord and repent to Him, [and] He will let you enjoy a good provision for a specified term and give every doer of favor his favor.’ (Hud 3)

‘And O my people, ask forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him. He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in showers and increase you in strength [added] to your strength.’ (Hud 52)

‘He has produced you from the earth and settled you in it, so ask forgiveness of Him and then repent to Him. Indeed, my Lord is near and responsive.”‘ (Hud 61)

‘And ask forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him. Indeed, my Lord is Merciful and Affectionate.”‘ (Hud 90)

JUZZ 13:

Task for today is “think over what your own ‘unique’ talent is and reflect on how you can use it for the service of Allah”.
‘[Yusuf] said, “Appoint me over the storehouses of the land. Indeed, I will be a knowing guardian.”‘ (Yusuf 55).
‘He said……… Do not you see that I give full measure and that I am the best of accommodators?’ (Yusuf 59).
So Yusuf A.S knew his skills. And he knew how to use them productively.
Find out yours and share here so that others can benefit too. :)

BONUS (JUZZ 13): Share at least one thing from the story of Yusuf A.S with at least one person that really touched your heart.♥

Extra: We did Surah Yusuf today! Read a little about it here.

JUZZ 14:

Task for today is “to eat a spoonful of honey believing absolutely that it has healing for whatever ailment/complaint you may have and observe the said sign in it”.
‘There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.’ (An-Nahl 69).
Folks! This is honey we’re talking about, all golden and glittery and sweet. Be sure to enjoy it! :p

JUZZ 15:

Task for today is “to ‘lower yourself out of humility’ in front of your parents”.
We have been decreed by Allah to to be good to our parents, we’ve been given no choice. If we do all of the things mentioned in the ayaah it’d be exceptional but for starters we could do at least one. Make yourself physically limp in front of them. (And that would bring out the humbleness from inside as well inshaAllah).

*‎’And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word. AND LOWER TO THEM THE WING OF HUMILITY OUT OF MERCY and say, “My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.”‘ (Al-Israa 23-24).

JUZZ 16:

Task for today is “to make du’aa with utmost faith and conviction that Allah WILL accept it”. (InshaAllah).
‘and never have I been in my supplication to You, my Lord, unhappy.’ (Maryam 4).
Zakariyya A.S made du’aa with the faith that it WILL be accepted and KNOWING that he had no possible means or material resources that he could depend on. But he was still positive that He SWT listens and answers.
Can I make du’aa with that much faith?
‘your Lord says, ‘It is easy for Me,’ (Maryam 9).

JUZZ 17:

Task for today is “to listen to the adhaan with full attention, feel it, answer it and make dua after it”. (Don’t do this task where people are sitting and talking, go some place where you can actually focus).
Allah says: ‘And whoever honors the symbols of Allah – indeed, it is from the piety (taqwa) of hearts.’ (Al-Hajj 32).
Adhaan is definitely a symbol of Allah. How?

When you listen to it, does it remind you of Allah? I bear witness that there is no God except the One God, right? Yes, it does.
So you need to honor it next. And that’s today’s task.
What’s the significance? It signifies your heart has taqwa. And isn’t taqwa the thing that we’re trying to achieve from Ramadan day 1? :)

JUZZ 18:

Task for today is “to avoid laghw (vain talk)”.
Allah says: ‘Successful indeed are the believers………… And they who turn away from laghw……….. These are the heirs. Who will inherit paradise. There they will abide.’ (Al-Mu’minun 1, 3, 10, 11).
KEY WORDS: Successful, believers, heirs (of) Paradise.
Want to fall in all these categories? Yes?
Then turn away from laghw. What exactly is laghw?

Different people (who translated Quran) used different terms while translating laghw. Some of them are: Idle talk, vain talk, indecent matters, ill speech, impious talks, all sorts of frivolities, dirty talk, false talk, falsehood, and all that Allah has forbidden).

So laghw can be defined as any conversation or action that is pointless/useless in terms of Akhirah. Which will not benefit us at all at the end of the day.

It includes lies, falsehood, evil talk, abusive language, bragging, claiming superiority, excessive joking (yes), mocking, backbiting, gossiping, belittling someone, slandering, immoral and immodest talk.

Get an idea?

NOTE: Laghw destroys our life, we’re not able to do anything productive and it is one of the major reasons of not being able to focus in salah.

All such useless and meaningless activities which waste one’s time and does not provide one any good or benefit in return. In the referred verse, the Qur’an has mentioned refraining from all such useless activities as an inseparable quality of true believers.
A true believer, who knows that he shall have to face the Almighty and be held answerable for the use of all the privileges and resources, which he enjoys during the life of this world cannot be unmindful towards the wastage of these privileges and resources. Time, indeed, is one of our most precious resources during the life of this world. It is only the time that we have utilized for our benefit that is properly utilized. The remaining hours and minutes stand wasted. After having realized this fact, no true believer can even like to spend a minute in any such activities which are neither beneficial to him in the life of this world, nor in the hereafter.

JUZZ 19:

Task for today is “check your company acutely”.
Allah says: ‘And the Day the wrongdoer will bite on his hands [in regret] he will say, “Oh, I wish I had taken with the Messenger a way. OH, WOE TO ME! I WISH I HAD NOT TAKEN THAT ONE AS A FRIEND. He led me away from the remembrance after it had come to me. And ever is Satan, to man, a deserter.”‘(Al-Furqaan 27-29)
This is something we often ignore but it is really really important.
Why is it SO important?

Friends do have a very strong influence upon us. Do your friends ‘somehow’ steer you away from the remembrance (Quran) of Allah?
Think about it. Write down the names of your close friends or the ones with whom you spend your time most and write an analysis in front of each name. And then ask yourself is this you who’s being spoken about in these above verses? You’d never want to regret on that day, would you?

Extra: Here is a video about our task of juzz 19. It’s even less than 20 minutes. Do watch! Click here for the video.

Extra: In Juzz 19, Al-Furqan 63-77 we read about the ‘slaves of Ar-Rahmaan’.
Listen to this beautiful recitation (it’s with translation) and give yourself marks on each quality they possess.
You ARE a slave of Ar-Rahman, right? :) Click here for the recitation.

JUZZ 20:

Task for today is “share your biggest-to-your-teeniest issue with Allah immediately”
Why? That’s what Musa A.S did. He hits a little snag, tells Allah at once. His life is in danger, he tells Allah at once. He wants something, he tells Allah at once.
And Musa A.S was helped in every instance because his reliance on his Rabb was very strong. We do come across some problem (big/small) every single day. This would be an effective way out.

*Musa A.S killed a man by mistake. What was the first thing he did?
‘He said, “My Lord, indeed I have wronged myself, so forgive me,” and He forgave him. Indeed, He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.’
(Al-Qasas 16).

Musa A.S’s life was at stake, he had to leave his city immediately. What did he do? He called out to Allah.
‘So he left it, fearful and anticipating [apprehension]. He said, “My Lord, save me from the wrongdoing people.”‘
(Al-Qasas 21).

As he entered a totally foreign land (Madyan), what did he do?
‘And when he directed himself toward Madyan, he said, “Perhaps my Lord will guide me to the sound way.”‘
(Al-Qasas 22).

Musa A.S was all alone with no possessions at all in an unfamiliar territory with no place to go. (He must be tired too, didn’t have a car). What did he do?
‘then he went back to the shade and said, “My Lord, indeed I am, for whatever good You would send down to me, in need.”‘
(Al-Qasas 24).

Allah is talking to Musa A.S directly and telling him to go to Pharaoh. But Musa A.S has something weighing on his heart. What does he do? He A.S shares his burden with Allah.
‘He said, “My Lord, indeed, I killed from among them someone, and I fear they will kill me.’
(Al-Qasas 33).

Then Musa A.S is worried that his speech is not clear, maybe he should have a support. What does he do? He tells Allah.
‘And my brother Haroon is more fluent than me in tongue, so send him with me as support, verifying me. Indeed, I fear that they will deny me.”‘
(Al-Qasas 34).

So that is Allah’s beloved! What next?

Extra: Read a short interesting piece about it here.

Last 10 blessed nights are here. This short article might be all you need this Ramadan! Do read up! Click here.

Dua for Layl atul Qadr. It’s very beautiful, please don’t miss this! Click here.

JUZZ 21:

Task for today is “watch your step and make it moderate + watch your voice and lower it”.
Luqman directed his son: ‘And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice; indeed, the most disagreeable of sounds is the voice of donkeys.”‘ (Luqman 19).
‘and do not walk through the earth exultantly. Indeed, Allah does not like everyone self-deluded and boastful.’ (Luqman 18).
Voice of donkeys + Allah does not like them; enough said.

BONUS (JUZZ 21): Do ‘ihsaan’ (more than just good) with your mother. She did a lot, a lot for you. Will you?

‘And We have enjoined upon man [care] for his parents. His mother carried him, [increasing her] in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is in two years. Be grateful to Me and to your parents; to Me is the [final] destination.’ (Luqman 14).

Extra: In juzz 21, Surah Ar-Rum we read about nature and how Allah works it. And how we can learn things from our natural world. Read a little about it here. :)

JUZZ 22:

Task for today is “do a lot of dhikr with an attentive heart”.
Allah says to the believers (to us): ‘O you who have believed, remember Allah with much remembrance. And exalt Him morning and afternoon.’ (Al-Ahzaab 41-42).
Doing dhikr requires no extra time at all. Whether you’re working in the kitchen, driving or shopping you can keep your tongue wet with it.
Plus recite special invocations for morning and evening (verse 42).

Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The similitude of one who remembers his Rubb and one who does not remember Him, is like that of the living and the dead.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Abud-Darda (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Shall I not inform you of the best of your actions which are the purest to your Rubb, which exalt you to the high ranks, which are more efficacious than spending gold and silver (in charity), and better for you than you should encounter your enemies whom you will smite their necks and they will smite your necks?” They said, “Certainly.” He (PBUH) said, “Remembrance of Allah the Exalted.”

Dhikr could be any, the easiest being SubhanAllah, Alhamdulillah, Allah u Akbar, Astaghfirullah, la ilaaha illa Allah.

As per doing special dhikr in the morning and evening…
Again and again Allah mentions in the Quran that remember me in the morning and evening. We also get references from the ahadith.

The duas that Nabi S.A.W used to recite in the morning and evening are of utmost importance and can be found here:

Extra: Regarding task of juzz 22: Click here.
This is the most beautiful dhikr! :)
Read translation below…

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet S.A.W said, “There are two expressions which are very easy for the tongue to say, but they are very heavy in the balance and are very dear to The Beneficent (Allah), and they are, ‘Subhan Allah Al-‘Azim and ‘Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi.'” (Sahih Bukhari) (Book #75, Hadith #415).

Kalimatan: Two phrases
Habibatan: Very dear/loved
ila-Ar-Rahman: to Ar-Rahman
Khafifatan: Light/very easy
‘alal lisaan: On the tongue
Saqilataan: Very heavy
fil meezaan: in the balance/scales.

Subhan Allah i wa bihamdihi: Glory be to Allah and His is the praise,
Subhan Allah hil azeem: (and) Allah, the Greatest is free from imperfection.

JUZZ 23:

Task for today is “thank Allah for each and every thing that He has blessed you with”.
Sulaiman A.S was grateful for all that Allah had provided him. (Saad 30-40).
And Sulaiman A.S was given a lot of things to be sure. :)
Therefore Allah says: ‘And indeed, for him is nearness to Us and a good place of return.’ (Saad 40).
Think about your blessings. Offer two rak’at nafal salah and express gratitude after it in prostration, feel yourself minor!

In juzz 23, Allah SWT reminds us of the things He has given us and says: ‘so will they not be grateful?’ (Yasin 73). Will you not be?

Likewise, Allah says in the same juzz: ‘If you disbelieve – indeed, Allah is Free from need of you. And He does not approve for His servants disbelief. And if you are grateful, He approves it for you;’ (Az-Zumar 7).

Remember: ‘And whoever is grateful is grateful for [the benefit of] himself.’ (Luqman 12).

‘And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.’ “‘ (Ibrahim 7).

Not left with much choice after this, are we?
Be grateful out of love for Allah SWT. Yes, out of love!♥

JUZZ 24:

Task for today is “repent and cry in prostration for each one of your past sin”.
Allah says: ‘Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.”‘ (Az-Zumar 53).
A lot of times we don’t repent thinking that Allah might not consider it since I’m so sinful. No! Do it! Why?

We need to repent because:
‘And return [in repentance] to your Lord and submit to Him before the punishment comes upon you; then you will not be helped.’ (Az-Zumar 54).

Furthermore: ‘And follow the best of what was revealed to you from your Lord before the punishment comes upon you suddenly while you do not perceive,’ (Az-Zumar 55).

Extra: Read:
And don’t leave it for later. Read it NOW!

Extra: Plus there is a touching story that you might know but want a reminder of,

TRUE STORY: Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Prophet of Allah (PBUH) said: “There was a man from among a nation before you who killed ninety-nine people and then made an inquiry about the most learned person on the earth. He was directed to a monk.

He came to him and told him that he had killed ninety-nine people and asked him if there was any chance for his repentance to be accepted. He replied in the negative and the man killed him also completing one hundred. He then asked about the most learned man in the earth. He was directed to a scholar. He told him that he had killed one hundred people and asked him if there was any chance for his repentance to be accepted. He replied in the affirmative and asked, `Who stands between you and repentance? Go to such and such land; there (you will find) people devoted to prayer and worship of Allah, join them in worship, and do not come back to your land because it is an evil place.’ So he went away and hardly had he covered half the distance when death overtook him; and there was a dispute between the angels of mercy and the angels of torment. The angels of mercy pleaded, ‘This man has come with a repenting heart to Allah,’ and the angels of punishment argued, ‘He never did a virtuous deed in his life.’ Then there appeared another angel in the form of a human being and the contending angels agreed to make him arbiter between them. He said, `Measure the distance between the two lands. He will be considered belonging to the land to which he is nearer.’ They measured and found him closer to the land (land of piety) where he intended to go, and so the angels of mercy collected his soul”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

In another version: “He was found to be nearer to the locality of the pious by a cubit and was thus included among them”. Another version says: “Allah commanded (the land which he wanted to leave) to move away and commanded the other land (his destination) to draw nearer and then He said: “Now measure the distance between them.’ It was found that he was nearer to his goal by a hand’s span and was thus forgiven”. It is also narrated that he drew closer by a slight movement on his chest.

What’s better than today being an odd night of Ramadan and thus a night of supplications already? :)

JUZZ 25:

Task for today is “protect your gaze”.
An Islamic idiom says: “Anything that leads to haram is haram in itself.”
What’s the first step that leads to lewdness? That first look! So the foremost thing is to protect your eyes from seeing anything that is inappropriate, let alone haram.
Protect your eyes especially when you’re ALONE watching the TV, using the internet, in a public place etc.

*Allah says: ‘Better and more enduring is that which Allah has for those who believe and put their trust in their Lord. And those who avoid the major sins and indecencies..’ (Ash-Shura 36-37).
The word used here is those who avoid ‘fawahish’. One meaning of fahisha is lewdness.

JUZZ 26:

Task for today is “avoid negative thoughts about others in your mind + do not backbite others”.
Allah says: ‘O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is Accepting of repentance and Merciful.’ (Al-Hujurat 12).

*DEFINITION OF BACKBITING: Abu Huraira reported Nabi s.a.w as saying: Do you know what is backbiting? They (the Companions) said: Allah and His Messenger know best. Thereupon he (the Holy Prophet) said: Backbiting implies your talking about your brother in a manner which he does not like. It was said to him: What is your opinion about this that if I actually find (that failing) in my brother which I made a mention of? He said: If (that failing) is actually found (in him) what you assert, you in fact have backbitten him, and if that is not in him it is a slander. [Sahih Muslim Book 32, #6265]

EXAMPLE: The Prophet s.a.w vigorously opposed all aspects of backbiting even when it occurred in his own family. For example, once a woman visited Hadrat Aishah R.A and when the woman got up to leave, Hadrat Aishah Siddiqua R.A made a sign with her hand indicating to the Prophet s.a.w that the woman was short of stature. The Prophet s.a.w immediately chastised her, saying, “You have backbitten!” (Tirmidhi)

Often negative thoughts lead to backbiting so avoid them in the first place.

JUZZ 27:

Task for today is “plan systematically how you will obtain knowledge of the Quran after Ramadan”

Allah says: ‘So turn away from whoever turns his back on Our message and desires not except the worldly life. THAT IS THEIR SUM OF KNOWLEDGE. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who strays from His way’ (An-Najm 29-30)
Commit with a person who knows Quran/fix time, day, week/be very very firm that you have to follow the plan.
You do not want your source of knowledge to be this world, surely?

JUZZ 28:

Task for today is “Form a plan and then call your family (parents, siblings, husband, kids) to Allah’s commands so that they’re saved from the BIG fire”.
Allah says: ‘O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones, over which are [appointed] angels, harsh and severe; they do not disobey Allah in what He commands them but do what they are commanded.’ (At-Tahrim 6).

Isn’t this scary? And Allah is addressing the believers here (their families are at risk from the fire too).

Extra: Read a very short story about it here.

JUZZ 29:

Task for today is “whatever situation befalls you (even slightly troublesome) remember that it is a test”.
Allah says: ‘[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving -‘ (Al-Mulk 2).
Our life and death is a TEST, did you know?
Even that one look that hurts you is a test. Don’t fail the test. Ask Allah’s help.

JUZZ 30:

Task for today is “praise Allah + ask for forgiveness + resolve that from now I’ll spend my life according to Allah’s wishes and demands”.
Surah An-Nasr was the last revealed surah of the Quran. After 23 years of tough struggle of Nabi s.a.w finally Islam was dominant. And Allah says to Him praise + ask forgiveness. Means submit to Him even after such a long awaited success.
That’s what we’re supposed to do. Submit to Him, again!

*Allah SWT says: ‘When the victory of Allah has come and the conquest, And you see the people entering into the religion of Allah in multitudes, Then exalt [Him] with praise of your Lord and ask forgiveness of Him. Indeed, He is ever Accepting of repentance.’ (An-Nasr 1-3).

Hajrah. :)

Be a Student!


Have you ever had this experience that you knew a thing all along but actually felt it for the first time? Yes? Well, that is the real knowing!

This is the verse that I actually felt the other day. My faith got stamped on it. This is the verse:

إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى ٱللَّهَ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ ٱلْعُلَمَـٰٓؤُا۟

“Only those fear Allah, from among His servants, who have knowledge.” [Fatir:28]

Heard and read this loads of times but actually felt and implemented on it only recently. So I actually felt (i.e. really got to know) that knowledge is the first thing. Saying or acting upon it comes second. Obviously, if you don’t know how can you act upon it? So, just keep knowing!

Allah says in the Qur’an,

 فَٱعْلَمْ أَنَّهُۥ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا ٱللَّهُ 

“So know, [O Muhammad], that there is no deity except Allah” [Muhammad:19]

Allah did not say, “Say, that there is no deity except Allah” because knowing it in the true sense will cause you to believe on it fully and thus say it without difficulty and consequently act upon it happily. (Yes, La ilaha illa Allah has to be acted upon).

When you read and understand the Qur’an and try to act upon it, you think you are knowledgeable. But when you read the Hadith, you’re shocked. You know so little. Often in various situations, we are all confused about what to do and we might think our religion does not provide a solution to that. But it does! It’s just that we don’t know. Hadith has extensive knowledge stored in it about all the situations and aspects of a person’s life.

Know! And then argue about stuff or pass judgements. Know about Islam from its real sources in detail and then decide for yourself.

We Muslims idealize the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w and think wow they just did it all, we can never do it. But the secret is that they knew. And so they acted upon it. Of course, if they didn’t know how else would have knowledge passed down to us?

But the point I want to establish is slightly different than just knowing. Because you might be thinking already “we know it, it’s just that we can’t implement it.” Well, the reason to that is that knowing is not enough. You need to know in the proper environment with a proper method. Which means be a student! Always! Never stop being a student. Because even if you knew a thing once, you tend to forget the feel of that knowing. So for that you need reminders in a proper student-ly environment.

Plan ahead! Devise ways in which you can be a student of the Qur’an and Hadith for your whole life. And make du’a for it. Didn’t our pious predecessors travel miles and miles all their lives just to get knowledge? They remained students until they died. It must be important then!

P.S. This post has been inspired by The Book of Knowledge in Sahih Bukhari. :D

P.P.S. If you’ve never been a student of the Qur’an and Hadith then you don’t even know what the real stuff is. Enroll yourself somewhere, soon. Even if online.

Hajrah. :)

The Real Deal @ Winds of Change!


With the event ‘Winds of Change’ by Youth Club aspirations, inspirations and emotions in general were running high. I, too, was feeling the same. :p

Everyone wanted to do, or rather start, something.
All the time, things said by brothers Adnan & Hamza were floating in my mind. So, I was sitting just like that thinking about something remotely different and it hit me.

This picture popped in my mind and I said to myself, “But this is awesome, they gave the plan of action themselves”.

(*Note: Its Bayyinah, not Bayinnah.)

Brother Hamza Andreas Tzortzis said at UCI, “Pakistan will not change with power, Pakistan will not change with gold, Pakistan will not change with money…. Pakistan will only change when we change our hearts.”
(By the way, can you guess what changes the hearts forever?)

So the first thing is that hearts be softened. We get to realize, at the very first step, that Allah DOES exist. We belong to Him, have to return to Him and have to spend our lives according to His likes and dislikes. This recognition was reinforced in us by these iERA people (by the will of Allah s.w.t), alhamdulillah.

And so the earth was ready now for the seed to be sown.

Then comes the next step. In order to live our life according to Allah s.w.t’s likes and dislikes, we need to know what His likes and dislikes are. For that we need the Quran because it is the Word of Allah i.e. Allah’s speech, He speaks to us directly in it.
Naturally we need to understand this Great Book through and through.

So here you are. Notice the 3rd website mentioned by brother Hamza  on the white board in the picture?
On this website you’ll get the detailed explanation of the Quran with the contextual background and all inshaAllah.

Let’s start today. Download it, trim it into 10 minutes chunks and load it into your mobile. This way you can listen to it while commuting or waiting.

Check out websites for explanation of Quran at the end of this post.

By the way, this plan is something individual and very personal. After we’re done with the explanation of the Quran we can go to the rest of the websites mentioned in the picture and build up reasoning, relate it with our Quran notes and be ready for any sort of serious discussions and debates etc. :p

As for doing something collectively, I’m sure Youth Club’s cooking up something for you. ;)
Join them:

Here are the websites for Quran’s explanation:
On the white-board in the picture:
Another one recommended by me:

P.S. Remember that you won’t really understand the Quran unless you are taught by a teacher i.e. by listening (be it an online teacher). Its just like you’d never understand your physics or chemistry book unless you have a teacher for that.

Hajrah. :)

Read previous post on ‘Winds of Change’ here.

These are the Winds of Change – Where are you going?


Alhamdulillah! All praise is to Allah s.w.t indeed, Who gave me the opportunity to attend SIST ’12 and be a part of Winds of Change!
There are no words to describe how it has gone so far. Words fail me! Everyone knows it’s amazing! :p

But what I really want to say is…. Hearts are yet soft. And soft hearts can be molded.
Brother Jamal Khattak put it beautifully at the end: “How many more talks would you hear before you decide to change yourself? What are you waiting for? Death?”

This shook me!
Usually what’s at the back of our mind when we’re getting all inspired by talks? Brother Hamza Tzortzis, brother Adnan Rashid, sister Sara Chaudhry…..all these people went through changes, had some experiences etc and they started living for Allah. But me? I’m young! (Well, they’re young too).
Okay, I want to change but it’s difficult. Oh well, I’ll change automatically anyway when I’ll go through some experience in life.  And there is where we go wrong, SNAP!

Allah s.w.t gives at least ONE chance to every human. A chance to recognize their Lord and turn back to Him. But that chance or moment of realization is different for everyone. Some people get to experience stuff themselves. Some might get the chance to listen to others and have an opportunity to learn from them and thus take a turn for the better. We’ve all been given the golden opportunity to listen to these amazing people and cry with their stories.

Before we get out of all these good feelings and forget about it and go back to our confused life again, we need  to do something now. You may forget this time (Allah forbid) and never get an opportunity again….. What would happen then? It’s unimaginable! Death awaits us right at the corner. Let’s not turn back, now that we’ve come this far.

We know now that we have to live our life according to Allah’s wishes. That Quran is His Word. It’s the only real thing in the world. Yes, Quran is the only real thing. Other than that nothing can change your heart absolutely. We need to open it, today. We need to make a connection with it. We need to understand it. If only for 5 minutes every day. Yes, those too who think they know it. This is the ONLY way to change our lives and Pakistan’s future for the better. This is guaranteed!

Wake up people! And help each other in good. Because WE are the winds of change! (InshaAllah).

If I brought my friends here and listened to everything and didn’t change anything about me then I wasted it. No use. If fear & love of Allah didn’t ignite in me, if I didn’t think of changing my bad company, if I didn’t become humble towards my parents, if I’m still not praying or praying on time with khushoo (requirement of namaz), if I’m still living for this lowly world then everything is wasted.

Let us begin with this dua. O Allah! Guide me to the straight path, the path that would take me toward You. Make it easy for me to please You. Make it easy for me to face the foul world.

He will listen. That is a promise. He will, inshaAllah. The key is to do it sincerely. :)

Because if not now, when? Period.

Hajrah. :)

P.S. Winds of Change is still on, alhamdulillah. Check the details here.

Quran and You: A new beginning!


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.

Hajrah. :)

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

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