The Pens Have Been Lifted And The Pages Have Dried

Abu al-‘Abbas ~‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas~ {Radiyallahu Anhuma} reported:- 

One day I was behind the Prophet {Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam} and he said to me:
“O young man, I shall teach you some words of advice:
Be mindful of ALLAH and ALLAH will protect you.

Be mindful of ALLAH and you will find Him in front of you. 

If you have need to ask, ask of ALLAH

and if you seek help, seek help from ALLAH.


Know that even if the Nation [or the whole community] were to gather together to benefit you with something, 

they would not benefit you with anything except that which ALLAH has already recorded for you
and that if they gather together to harm you with something, they would not be able to harm you with anything except that which ALLAH has already recorded against you.
‘The Pens have been lifted and the pages have Dried’

[Source ~Al-Tirmidhi : It is a good, genuine Hadith]

~A Lil Note~
 *Prophet*~ (SallAllaahu `Alayhi wa Sallam) statement …


“The Pens have been lifted and the Pages have dried” further emphasizes what has preceeded

and there is no contradiction with that by way of abrogation or change.
Knowing that we are tested throughout this life and that Allah [Aza Wa Jall] tests those people that He loves ! [Alhamdullilah]

It is through those tests that we can grow stronger and wiser [In Shaa Allah]
People simply don’t make as much progress through times of ease: Allah [Aza Wa Jall] tests us with money, love, family, friends, children, abilities, etc. etc etc. We learn as each one is taken away or reduced to be grateful for what we have. [Alhamdullilah]

Because in the end we KNOW that The Pens have been Lifted and the Pages have Dried.

[Subhan Allah]

اجرِ کثیر

نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا کہ پچھلی قوموں میں ایک شخص کی روح قبض کرنے کے بعد فرشتوں نے اس سے کہا کہ کوئی نیکی کا کام بھی کیا ہے؟ تو اس نے جواب میں کہا کہ مجھے یاد نہیں ہے۔ فرشتے پھر کہیں گے کہ یاد کرو۔ تو وہ جواب میں کہے گا کہ ایک نیکی یاد ہے کہ میں لوگوں کو قرض دیتا تھا اور جب قرض واپس لینے کا وقت ہوتا تھا تو اپنے غلاموں کو یہ حکم دیتا تھا کہ دیکھنا جو تنگ دست ہو، اس کو مزید مہلت دے دینا اور جو قرض ادا نہ کر سکتا ہو، اس کو معاف کر دینا۔ اللہ نے اس عمل پر اس کو جنت میں داخل کر دیا*۔ “ [صحح مسلم]

” *نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا کہ ایک شخص نے مسلمانوں کے راستے میں ایک کانٹے دار شاخ کو دیکھا تو اس نے کہا کہ اللہ کی قسم! میں اسے مسلمانوں کے راستے سے صاف کر دوں گا تا کہ کسی مسلمان کو تکلیف نہ ہو۔ تو اللہ نے اس عمل پر اسے معاف کر دیا اور جنت میں داخل کر دیا۔* “ [مسند احمد]

” *نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا کہ جس شخص نے ہر فرض نماز کے بعد آیت الکرسی پڑھنے کو اپنا معمول بنا لیا تو اس کے جنت میں داخل ہونے میں صرف ایک ہی رکاوٹ ہے، اور وہ اس کی موت ہے*۔ “ [صحیح الجامع]

” *نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا کہ میں اس شخص کو جنت کے کنارے گھر کی بشارت دیتا ہوں کہ جو جھگڑا چھوڑ دے، چاہے اپنے آپ کو حق پر سمجھتا ہو۔ اور اس کو جنت کے وسط میں گھر کی بشارت دیتا ہوں جو جھوٹ کو چھوڑ دے، چاہے مزاح میں ہی کیوں نہ ہو۔ اور اس شخص کو جنت کے اعلی درجوں میں گھر کی بشارت دیتا ہوں کہ جو اپنے اخلاق کو بلند کر لے*۔ “ [سنن ابی داود]

” *نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا کہ میں اور یتیم کی کفالت کرنے والا جنت میں ایک ساتھ ہوں گے۔ اور آپ نے شہادت کی انگلی اور درمیانی انگلی سے اِس طرح اشارہ کر کے دکھایا کہ ان دونوں کے مابین کچھ فاصلہ تھا۔*“ [صحیح البخاری]

” *حضرت ابو ہریرۃ  سے مروی ہے کہ اللہ کے رسول صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا کہ اللہ تعالی فرماتے ہیں کہ جب میں اپنے بندے کے جگر گوشے کی روح قبض کر لوں تو اس پر صبر کا بدلہ میرے پاس صرف جنت ہے*۔“ [صحیح البخاری]

” *نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم  نے فرمایا کہ جو مجھے اپنی شرم گاہ اور زبان، دو چیزوں کی حفاظت کی ذمہ داری دیتا ہے تو میں اسے جنت کی ضمانت دیتا ہو*۔ “ [صحیح البخاری]

” *نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا کہ ایک عمرہ دوسرے عمرہ تک تمام گناہوں کا کفارہ ہے اور مقبول حج کی جزا تو جنت ہے*۔ “ [موطا امام مالک]

” *نبی کریم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا کہ جس کا آخری کلام لا الہ الا اللہ ہو گا، وہ جنت میں داخل ہو گا۔* “ [سنن ابی داود]

” *جنت میں ایک شخص کا درجہ اچانک بلند کر دیا جاتا ہے* *تو وہ یہ پوچھتا ہے* *کہ ایسا کیوں ہوا ہے؟ تو اسے جواب دیا جاتا ہے کہ تمہاری اولاد نے تمہارے لیے مغفرت کی دعا کی ہے*۔“

[سنن ابن ماجہ]

Tahajjud- Last Third of Night

Allah’s Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Every night when it is the last third of the night, our Lord, the Exalted, the Blessed, descends to the nearest heaven and says, ‘Is there anyone to invoke Me that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone asking My forgiveness so that I may forgive him?’” [Bukhari]

Commentary: This hadith informs us of the excellence of the last third of the night, how Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is hoping for someone to ask Him for something at that time, so He may grant it to them. Although Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) hears us, watches us, and is aware of our feelings at all times, but the time before dawn is extra special.

Wake up a little before Fajr to capitalize on these moments of extraordinary nearness to Allah, the Exalted, the Blessed.

Hasan Al-Basri (radi Allahu) was asked about how is it that those who perform Tahajjud have the brightest faces, to which he {Allah have mercy on him} replied… “That is because they seclude themselves in devotion to Allah so He beautifies them with light from His light.”

Karaz Ibn Wabrah said that it had reached him that Ka’b used to say {Allah have mercy on them}“The Angels look down from the sky at (holding in esteem) those who make Tahajjud just as you all look up to the stars in the sky.”

10 Minutes Before Fajr ᴴᴰ ┇ by Ustadh Saad Tasleem :

Credit – via Email from Brother Mustafa Kazmi

Message for People Going Through Any Difficulty in Their Life

“This is a message for anyone who is going through some difficulty in their life, be that in their marriage, at work, in their deen or anything else…

Know that this life is not a place of absolute happiness or joy. There are highs and lows but Allah will never test you with more than you can handle. In His wisdom and justice He tries people according to their levels so know that your trial is according to your level.

Also know that the brightness of day follows the darkness of night. So in your moment of darkness have glad tidings of the light which will follow and bear patiently with whatever comes your way.

Some days it will seem like your back is against the wall and you can’t go on, but don’t you see how the bird flies for miles until it eventually reaches it’s food? The towering tree doesn’t grow tall overnight – it sends its roots far and wide and then begins the slow, painful climb skywards. Likewise, your rise to the heights of Jannah won’t be easy but keep going until you reach your goal.

Yes, the road is long. Yes, the nights are dark and lonely but know that whoever has Allah, then he has the ultimate protector and to Allah belong the treasures of the heavens and the earth – He gives them to whoever He wills.

So I advise my own soul and then yours – keep your eye on the goal and keep moving towards it. The seas of life will get rocky and there will be storms, but in the morning perhaps there will be perfect stillness with no waves at all?

With hardship comes ease, with trials come rewards and with patience comes Jannah.”- Ustadh Abu Ibraheem

Best & Worst Choices for Suhoor

Best sources of potassium for Suhoor time:
– bananas
– milk
– dates
– avocados
– dried peaches
– pistachios
– pumpkin
– peas
– potato
– rice
– dates
– whole grain bread
– banana
– dark chocolates

# Worst choices for Suhoor:
– biryani
– kebab
– pizza
– fast food in general
– cheese
– haleem
– nihari
– qorma
– chicken tikka

Common mistakes in Ramadan

1. Drinking Milkshakes made with syrups etc on a daily basis. Rooh Afza ;(

– Why: It contains high amounts of sugar, additives and colourants
– Solution: If you have to, drink it twice a week maximum

2. Drinking large amounts of water at iftaar time

– Why: Filling the stomach with water is more strenuous to it than with food.
– Solution: have a few sips at iftaar then a glass after every two hours.

3. Exercising directly after iftaar.

– Why: the body’s blood flow is concentrated around the stomach at that time.
– Solution: Exercise after two hours of eating to ease digestion.

4. Chewing and swallowing food fast.

– Why: chewing food slowly can speed up digestion and help maintain your weight

5. Having dessert directly after iftaar

– Why: they make you drowsy and sleepy
– Solution: leave at least a two hour gap between iftaar and dessert to stay fresh and awake for ishaa and taraweeh prayers

6. Consuming foods with high amounts of sodium

– Why: Sodium triggers thirst through out the fasting hours of the day
– Solution: instead, eat foods that are high in potassium, they retain water and supress your thirst.


10 great goals to set for this Ramadan

1. Eat, drink and be moderate

Almost all of us do it – once Iftar time hits, we just keep plowing food and drink into our mouths till it’s hard to move afterwards. And those of us who do it know this is totally contrary to the spirit of Ramadan, through which we’re supposed to learn self-control not self-indulgence. Let’s try to stick to the Prophetic rule on eating: fill our stomachs with one-third food, one-third water and one-third breathing space, even in Ramadan.

2. Give a dollar a day in charity…or five or ten

The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was always generous but even more so in Ramadan. Let’s open our hearts and dig a little deeper in our wallets this year. Even less than a dollar a day adds up. Whatever you can give, it’s the intention that counts.

3. Memorize 4 new Surahs

Memorizing the Quran often seems like a daunting task. But the key is doing it in small bites. Since there are four weeks in Ramadan, try to memorize one new Surah a week. Start off with a short, easy one. Once you’ve started, you’ll build momentum and may even want to memorize a longer one the following week.

4. Go to Tarawih prayers

Post-Iftar, the first urge is to sleep after an exhausting day. But try your best to head out to the mosque for Tarawih prayers. Praying alone is wonderful, but doing it in congregation is fantastic. The community spirit is part of Ramadan’s blessings. Don’t miss it this year. If going every day is not possible, try going at least one week.

5. Attend the Tarawih prayer in which the recitation of the Quran will be finished

Call the local mosque and find out which day the Imam will be finishing the recitation of the Quran in prayer. Attend to not only hear part of the Quran’s recitation in prayer, but also participate in the heart-rending Duas that follow it.

6. Stop swearing and/or backbiting – with a special box

It’s hard not to shoot our mouths off when someone’s upset us. Whether we utter those four-letter words or backbite about someone to our family and friends, we know this isn’t the God-approved way of letting off steam. In Ramadan, when we want to build our spirituality, we’ve got to wage Jihad against our bad habits.

Try this: get a box and every time you catch yourself swearing or backbiting put some money in it. It could be a buck or less. The point is to choose an amount that makes it feel like punishment.

At the end of the month send the money to a charity or buy a gift for the person whom you’ve backbitten the most against.

7. Call/email your relatives

You’d think that given the easy access to email, competitive long-distance calling rates, phone cards, etc. these days, we’d keep in touch with family and friends more often. But the opposite seems to be the case, as we get caught up in life’s “busyness.”

Strengthening ties with family members and keeping in touch with friends is part of our way of life and an act Allah is very pleased with. This Ramadan, call family and friends or at least email them a Ramadan card and ask them how their fasting is going.

8. Go on a technology diet

Even if you work in the IT industry, you can do this. Avoid checking personal email and surfing the web during your fast. After Iftar, instead of plopping yourself in front of the screen, go to Tarawih. The same goes for the television. The point is to try to give our full attention to spiritual elevation this month.

9. Read 5 minutes of Quran a day…just five, not more, not less

Even if you feel you’ve got absolutely no time, set a timer or the alarm on your cell phone and find a relatively quiet place. You can read the first page of the Quran you open or follow a sequence. The choice is yours. The point is simply to connect with God through His revelation in the month of the Quran.

10. Forgive everyone who has hurt you

Still got a festering wound from the fight with your friend last year? Still upset about something your spouse said during a heated argument? Or are you still bitter about the way your parents sometimes treated you as a kid? Let go of the anger and pain this Ramadan and forgive those who have hurt you. Forgiving someone is not only good for the body, but it’s also great for the soul. And in Ramadan, ten days of which are devoted to Allah’s forgiveness, shouldn’t we lesser beings forgive too?

If you find it very difficult to forgive everyone, forgive at least three people.

Ramadan Around the World

During my childhood, growing up in Brunei, Ramadan was a magical time. School was off for the entire month of Ramadan. My siblings and I fasted the month of Ramadan from as early as when we were 7 or 8 years old. We used to hang out at home all day reading various books (as well as the Quran), watching the Ramadan programs (in the afternoons), playing badminton right before iftar, sitting around the food spread to break our fast together and going to Taraweeh prayers together as a family.

One program that has remained in my memory after all those years is a show called Ramadan fil Alam (or Ramadan around the world). By the way, another show that I remember from those days is an Arabic Seerah TV series which was awesome and InshaaAllah I’ll write about that in another blog entry.

The unique thing about that program was its candid look at the many Muslim cultures and subcultures around the globe. I’ve been searching for that program online and look  for it every Ramadan but hadn’t been lucky until now. I found 16 of them posted on YouTube (I remember them being a total of 29 or 30 for each day of Ramadan), but this is good collection to get a feel of what the program was all about.