DU’A When going to the mosque

– اللَّهُـمَّ اجْعَـلْ فِي قَلْبِـي نُوراً، وَفِي لِسَـانِي نُوراً، وَفِي سَمْعِي نُوراً، وَفِي بَصَرِيِ نُورًا، وَمِنْ فََوْقِي نُوراً، وَ مِنْ تَحْتِي نُوراً، وَ عَنْ يَمِينِي نُوراَ، وعَنْ شِمَالِي نُوراً، وَمِنْ أَماَمِي نُوراً،,وَمِنْ خَلْفِي نُوراً، وَاجْعَلْ فِي نَفْسِي نُوراً، وأََعْظِمْ لِي نُوراً، وَعَظِِّمْ لِي نُوراً، وَاجْعَلْ لِي نُوراً، واجْعَلْنِي نُوراً، ألَلَّهُمَّ أَعْطِنِي نُوراً، وَاجْعَلْ فِي عَصَبِي نُوراً، وَفِي لَحْمِي نُوراً، وَفِي دَمِي نُوراً، وَفِي شَعْرِي نُوراً، وفِي بَشَرِي نُوراً، أَللَّهُمَّ اجِعَلْ لِي نُوراً فِي قَّبْرِي… وَ نُوراَ فِي عِظاَمِي، وَزِدْنِي نُوراً، وَزِدْنِي نُوراَ، وَزِدْنِي نُوراً، وَهَبْ لِي نُوراً عَلَى نُوراً

Allaahummaj’al fee qalbee nooran, wa fee lisaaanee nooran, wa fee sam’ee nooran, wa fee basaree nooran, wa min fawqee nooran, wa min tahtee nooran, wa ‘an yameenee nooran, wa ‘an shimaalee nooran, wa min ‘amaamee nooran, wa min khalfee nooran, waj’alfee nafsee nooran, wa ‘a’dhim lee nooran, wa ‘adhdhim lee nooran, wafal lee nooran, waj’alnee nooran, Allaahumma ‘a’tinee nooran, waj’al fee ‘asabee nooran, wafee lahmee nooran, wafee damee nooran, wa fee sha’ree nooran, wa fee basharee nooran. Allaahummaj’al lee nooran fee qabree… wa nooran fee ‘idhaamee. Wa zidnee nooran, wa zidnee nooran, wa zidnee nooran. Wa hab lee nooran ‘alaa noor.

Translation:-

O Allah, place light in my heart, and on my tongue light, and in my ears light and in my sight light, and above me light, and below me light, and to my right light, and to my left light, and before me light and behind me light. Place in my soul light. Magnify for me light, and amplify for me light. Make for me light and make me a light. O Allah, grant me light, and place light in my nerves, and in my body light and in my blood light and in my hair light and in my skin light. O Allah, make for me a light in my grave… And a light in my bones. Increase me in light, increase me in light, increase me in light. Grant me light upon light.

Tarjuma:-

Aye Allah mere dil mein noor bharde. Mere zaban mein noor meri sama’at mein noor aur meri basarat mein noor mere upar noor mere neeche noor mere dayen noor mere bayen noor mere saamne noor aur mere peechhe noor aur mere nafs mein noor aur tu mere noor ko ziyadah karde aur mujhe bahut ziyadah noor ata farma mere liye noor bana aur mujhe noor banade, 

Aye Allah ! mujhe noor ata farma, aur mere putthhon mein noor bherde, mere gosht mein, mere khoon mein, mere baalon mein aur meri jild mein noor bharde. 

Aye Allah ! mere qabr mein noor bharde aur meri haddiyon mein noor bharde. (aur mujhe mazeed noor ata farma, mujhe mazeed noor ata farma, mujhe mazeed noor ata farma) aur mujhe noor hi ata farma. 

📚Ref:Al-Bukhari 11/116 (Hadith no. 6316), Muslim 1/526 (Hadith no. 763).

The Baker

There was a baker in Baghdad who used to sell bread that was so good people used to come from all over to buy his bread. Some people would give him fake and unacceptable coins to buy the bread. He would take those coins and put them in a separate box and still give them the bread. He would never complain or call them fakers or go after them and always sold his bread with the same love.
When the baker was about to die, he made Du’aa to Allah saying: O Allah you know very well that i used to accept fake unacceptable coins from anyone and still gave them my good smelling good tasting heathy bread. Please accept my fake and unacceptable worship not the quality of worship that you wanted. O Allah my request to you is as I used to forgive your creatures, please forgive me also.
The wise old men say that after he’d died someone in their dream saw him in a high place (in jannah) as he’d been hopeful.

Joy and Sorrow

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

And the self/same well from which your laughter rises
was oftentimes filled with your tears…

And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?

And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy…

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight…

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed…

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy. Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

[By Kahlil Gibran in ‘The Prophet’]

The Character of a Muslim

A wise old man was sitting at the river bank when he saw a cat that had fallen into the water, flailing around, trying to save itself from drowning. The man decided to save the cat. He stretched his hand out but was scratched by the cat. He pulled his hand back in pain. However, a minute later he stretched his hand out again to save the cat, but it scratched him again, and again he pulled his hand back in pain. Another minute later he was yet again trying for the third time!
A man, who was nearby watching what was happening, yelled out: “O wise man, you have not learned your lesson the first time, nor the second time, and now you are trying to save the cat a third time?”

The wise man paid no heed to that man’s scolding, and kept on trying until he managed to save the cat. He then walked over to the man, and patted his shoulder saying: “My son.. it is in the cat’s nature to scratch, and it is in my nature to love and have sympathy. Why do you want me to let the cat’s nature overcome mine!?!!

My son: Treat people according to your nature, not according to theirs, no matter what they are like and no matter how numerous are their actions that harm you and cause you hurt sometimes.

And do not pay heed to all the voices that loudly call out to you to leave behind your good qualities merely because the other party is not deserving of your noble actions.

When you live to give happiness to others, Allah will send you those who will live to give happiness to you.

“Is the reward for good anything but good?” -Qur’an 55:60

Be beautiful in character and hearts will like you. So never regret the moments you gave happiness to someone, even if that person did not deserve it. And suffice in the fact that you have a Lord Who will reward you for good with good.

“The entire Deen is (about) good character, so whoever exceeds you in good character, has exceeded you in the Deen.” – Ibn al Qayyum

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said “Nothing will be heavier on the Day of Resurrection in the scale of the believer than good manners. Allah hates one who utters foul or coarse language.” [Tirmidhi]

اللهم أنت حسنت خلقي فحسن ﺧﻠﻘﻲ 

O Allah you’ve beautified my outward appearance, so beautify my character.

Top 10 Facts about the Janazah

The Janazah is the Muslim Funeral. Here are some facts every Muslim should know about the Janazah:
1-Before the Janazah Muslims have to perform ghusl, or washing the body of the deceased Muslim.
2-A deceased man is washed by a male relative or volunteer and a deceased woman by a female relative or volunteer.
 3-All clothes are removed from the body with private areas covered at all times.
4-After cleaning private areas of any waste the body is then washed three times with a combination of water and scented oils.
5-The body is then wrapped in plain white cloth called a kaffan, which consists of three pieces of material for men and five pieces for women. The kaffan is knotted at the head and feet.
6-Muslims pray for the deceased in a congregational prayer led by an Imam positioned between the mourners and the shrouded body. He stands at the head of the body if the deceased is male and at the middle of the body if female, facing Qibla, (direction of Mecca).
7-Salaatul Janazah (or the Funeral Prayer) is only one unit of prayer, all done standing, with no Ruku or Sujud:
(a) The Imam should raise his hands, recite the Takbeer, and then tie his hands as in all other Salats. Those offering the Salat should follow, and then recite Sana and Surat ul Fatihah silently.
(b) The Imam should say the Takbeer audibly a second time. He may or may not raise his hands while doing this. Others should follow, and then recite Ibraheemiyah silently.
(c) The Imam should recite the Takbeer a third time while others should follow. Then everyone should offer Dua al Mayyah (a prayer for Allah’s mercy to be visited upon the deceased) silently.
(d) The Imam should recite Takbeer a fourth time as above. Everyone should then offer prayers for the Muslim community in general, again silently.
(e) Finally, the Imam should recite Salam as in all other prayers to complete Salat ul Janazah. Salam may be offered once to the right only, or once each to the right and then to the left as in all other prayers. *1
8-The body is then carried to the cemetery for quick burial. While crying is acceptable, exaggerated displays of mourning, like wailing, screaming and the tearing of clothing, is forbidden.
9-Muslims do not bury their dead in caskets, instead Muslims are buried directly in an excavated grave. No possessions should accompany the deceased in the grave and the grave should not be decorated.
10-This is the description for us all. We will all get this. No more no less. So prepare yourself and be ready as Death could come to any of us at anytime.
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1-Muslim Burials, SoundVision.com

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

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.”