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 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4glHOgqJ88U

Credit – via Email from Brother Mustafa Kazmi

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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

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The Optimist Creed 

Promise yourself
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature you meet.

To give so much time to improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, to Noble for anger, too strong for fear, into happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Do you think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact of the world, not in the loud words, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

By Christian D. Larson 1912

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If You Don’t Find Me in Jannah

“If you don’t find me in Jannah then ask about me.” Surely the people of Jannah when they enter and they don’t find those companions of theirs who were with them upon good in this world, they will intercede for them in front of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and they will say:

“Oh Rabb we have brothers and sisters who used to offer salah and fast with us, we do not see them?

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will say, “Go to the fire and take out any person who had even an atoms amount of emaan in his heart.”

Hasan Basree said, “Have lots of believing friends because they will be able to intercede for you on the day of Qiyamah.’ If you don’t find me in Jannah then please ask about me.”

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Things to Avoid During Ramadan

1. Don’t sleep during the day and pray all night. By doing this you are converting the day into night and the night into day, which is not the purpose of fasting.

2. Avoid being lazy and inactive during the day.

3. Don’t waste time playing games during the day. Rather, please Allah by increasing in your worship of him.

4. Avoid having Iftar parties. Ramadan wasn’t meant to be a food extravaganza.

5. Don’t ask your wife to spend Ramadan in the Kitchen. Eat something light and quick – she isn’t Biryani woman.

6. Spend the last 10 days worshipping Allah rather than trying to prepare for Eid! A day that is better than a thousand months is in these last 10 days. You can’t afford to miss this.

7. Dont stay awake the full night. Your body has a right over you, and when it wants rest, then rest.

8. Avoid excessive socialising after Taraweeh

9. Avoid shopping a lot in Ramadhaan.

10. Don’t eat the full night.

11. Don’t loiter around at night rather than worshipping Allah.

12. Eid doesn’t require loads of preparation. Don’t fall into this trap! Keep it simple, and it will be blessed.

 

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Ideas for the last ten days of Ramadan

Shaykh Maher (imam of Harem Makkah) gives some very practical advice here:

He says:

1. Give 1 dinar* in charity every night, so if it falls on laylatul qadr it’s as if u gave charity everyday for 84 years.

2. Pray two ra’kaat every night, so if it falls on laylatul qadr it’s as if u prayed everyday for 84 years.

3. Read Surah ikhlaas three times a night, so if it falls on laylatul qadr it’s as if u read the whole Quran everyday for 84 years.

He then says spread this as you may find it on your account [of good deeds].


*  Or whatever you can afford in your own currency

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Top 10 Preparation Ideas for Ramadan 1437 AH

Want to make this Ramadan different? Want to be productive? Feel the need to lift up your spirituality? Make your plan for it and set these awesome goals this Ramadan! Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

🌜Pre Ramadan practical planning🌛

1) Get Your Eid Clothes and Eid Gifts Ready now so you don’t have to be in shopping malls during the precious Ramadan days and nights.

2) Analyze Yourself and Your Routine. Optimize your high energy levels.

3) Organize Your Dua List and supplicate the same important duas daily.

4) Increase Your Stamina: Start eating less from now. Train yourself to stay hungry for a little more time each day. Exercise. Get physically and mentally pumped up for the hard work in accumulating reward by focusing on good deeds throughout the month.

5) Make a Goal List: Make realistic goals of how much Qur’an you want to read in a day, how much charity can you give daily etc.

6) Declutter: Simplify your room, your work area, hour house. Remove any unnecessary items that may distract you. A cleaner environment can add to the peace and calm.

7) Limit Social Media: A good tip is to remove Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat and other such apps from your phone. Mute your Whatsapp groups and chats so you don’t get the urge to respond throughout the day. If it’s important, they’ll call you, otherwise it can wait.

8) Start listening to the Fiqh of Fasting, Virtues of Ramadan and other such lectures daily to get in the ibaadah mode.

9) Manage your sleeping Habits: the Nights of Ramadan are the best times of making Duaa and getting closer to our Creator. Don’t waste time watching TV and sleeping late.

10) Reach out to your family, friends and loved ones. You should really be doing this throughout the year but it becomes ever more important to engage with the family and friends now to get them into the Ramadan spirit as well.

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A Fine Role Model with Noble Manners & Character

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam) [Peace be upon him] said…

“ There is NOTHING heavier in the Scales [On the Day Of Judgement] than GOOD CHARACTER ” !

And the Prophet [peace be upon him] was our role model and the premier example of a man who displayed the finest possible character.

ALLAH [Aza Wa Jall] said: “Verily, in the Messenger of Allaah you have a fine role model.” [Source:- ‘Quran’ ~ Surat al-Ahzaab 33: A # 21]
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have Mercy on him) summarized the extent of his noble manners by saying:-
The Prophet [peace be upon him] used to greet the children when he passed by them. Sometimes, a little girl would take him by the hand and he would allow her to lead him wherever she wanted.

Prophet [peace be upon him] used to lick his fingers after eating.

He [peace be upon him] would be in the service of his family when at home.

Never would he become angry because of something personal.

He [peace be upon him] used to repair his own sandals and mend his own torn clothes.

He would milk his goat himself for his own family…& would feed his own camel.

He used to eat with his servants, sit in the company of the poor people,

He would personally take care of the needs of widows and orphans.

He would be the one to initiate the greeting when meeting people.

He would respond to the humblest of invitations.

He [peace be upon him] lived a very modest lifestyle, a man of soft manners, naturally kind, easy to get along with, having a pleasant smile on his face, gracefully humble, extremely generous but not wasteful, soft-hearted and gentle in his dealings with each and every Muslim, lowering the wings of humility to the believers, bearing their companionship in such a gentle way.

It is imperative that we as Muslims realize the completeness of the guidance of the Messenger of Allaah (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace’) and know that our true honor and distinction among the nations, as well as our success in the Hereafter, lies in embracing his guidance, in all affairs of belief and action.

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