Remembering Allah Daily

Remembrance of Allah is where our hearts truly find peace. A Muslim remembers Allah daily numerous times throughout the day and night. Remembering Allah daily helps us remember what our place in this universe really is. It also helps us to remember that we rely on Allah for everything. If Allah wills it, we will live another day. When Allah wills it we will leave this temporary worldly life. We are not created for this world but for a very powerful purpose: the everlasting life in the hereafter, i.e. after our death in this life, when we are resurrected, we will never cease to exist. So we remember Allah often. Many times daily, in fact.

First and foremost are the five daily prayers which are spread out throughout the day to ensure that our hearts are connected to the Creator throughout our lives. We also remember Allah through the recitation of the Quran. This is a way to converse with Allah since the Quran is the speech of Allah. Furthermore, we have supplications (duaa) for everything we do: for waking up, for entering or exiting the washroom, for eating and drinking, for going changing outfits, for going out of the house, for traveling, for entering or leaving the masjid (mosque) and for everything in between. In addition to all these, we are encouraged to supplicate morning and evening with the recommended duaa and azkaar that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to supplicate with. These supplications are meant to ask Allah for help for our daily affairs, protection from evil and to be able to be good Muslims.

Remembering Allah in the morning with these supplications (known as Azkaar as-Sabaah or the morning reminders) helps us start off our day right. Remembering Allah in the evening before we go to sleep (known as Azkaar al-Masaa’ or the night reminders) to go to sleep with the consciousness that Allah is our Creator and Sustainer God.

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Learning How to ask Allah for Everything

As Muslims we ask only Allah for everything we need that others cannot provide. This means asking for guidance, forgiveness when we have sinned, divine help, relief from a calamity, health in time of sickness, wealth in time of poverty and the like. These are things that no human being can provide us. If someone is trying to sell us salvation, know that they themselves are in need of it and cannot provide us that. If someone claims that they can get us forgiveness for our sins or provide us guidance or heal us of our diseases or change our poverty into wealth they are lying. We can ask human beings for things they can provide for instance, we can ask them for a glass of water when thirsty or directions on the way to a store or something of the like.

Now that we know to ask Allah for everything, we need to know how to ask properly so our asking is meaningful and fruitful. We are taught to ask a certain way by the Prophet (ﷺ) which are the etiquettes of asking Allah. We are taught to make our duaas (prayers) only to Allah (not even the Prophet(ﷺ) or any deity). By following the teachings of the Prophet (ﷺ), we ensure that we are asking the right way and we can expect results. The making of duaa is the realest form of worship.

We are taught to ask Him by:
1) praising Allah, thanking Him for the many blessings
2) sending our salutations upon the Prophet (ﷺ)
3) seeking forgiveness for our sins
4) being humble in front of Allah
5) being sure that He is listening to our prayers and is capable of answering them
6) asking Him with a conscious mind (as opposed to just parroting memorized prayers
7) asking Him of good things (not asking of things that are unlawful to harm someone or cause mischief in one way or another)
8) asking Him with the persistence of a child, but being content with our lives
9) making voluntary prayers (namaz/salah), fasting, giving charity, reading the Quran, helping someone with a chore or even calling your parent to see how they are and if they need anything or doing some other good deed then making our duaa
10) making our duaa in the last third of the night after offering the voluntary night prayers and so on.

Know that our duaa is never wasted. There are the following outcomes:
1-Our Duaa is accepted right away and we receive what we asked for
2-Our Duaa is accepted at a later date and we receive what we asked for but at a later date
3-Our Duaa is accepted but not in the way we wanted it, rather it is accepted to give us something better and some calamity is diverted from us that was going to get us.
4-Our Duaa is accepted but we do not receive what we asked for, rather the reward for is stored in the hereafter.

Note that the Duaa is accepted in each case above. There are times when a Duaa is rejected as well. If we ask to harm someone intentionally or ask for something that is haram (unlawful), then the duaa is rejected. Also, if our clothing is from unlawful means, our food is unlawful or our earnings are from unlawful means, this results in our duaas being rejected.

Allah knows best.

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Making Duaa to Allah for everything we need

We are mortal human beings and have needs associated with our existence. When we were small, Allah put our mothers in charge of feeding us, without our asking Him. Allah made our parents love us from the very day we were born and take care of all of our needs as we grew up. Allah in His infinite Mercy also provided us with the ability to make Duaa. We know for a fact, we need help. We need all the blessings we have been granted to survive. And we thank Him for all the blessings, Alhamdulillah.

Making Duaa (or praying to Allah) is a very special connection that everyone can establish with our Creator. On a very personal level. Allah created us and He knows us better than we know ourselves. He sent down Prophets & Messengers (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon all of them) and they brought guidance for human beings throughout the many centuries than human beings have been on earth. The guidance we currently have, the Quran, is for the rest of the time that human beings will exist on this planet until the Day of Judgement.

The final Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) showed us how to make Duaa so we establish the connection with Allah and seek guidance only from Him for everything. He showed us the daily prayer, both the obligatory five prayers and the voluntary prayers that we can pray, and ask Allah to help with everything. Allah listens to every one of our Duaa and answers our prayers. He loves that we ask Him for our needs big and small. And He does not like it when we do not ask Him for our needs. So let’s learn how to pray, make Duaa, and ask Allah for every one of our needs. Start today.

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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).

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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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