Tips for Ramadan

I have been reading some stuff about Ramadan and fasting and I would like to share them with you guys. 

  1. During Ramadan, the devil is chained up for those who fast. So, make the best of this time period and try to please Allah as much as you can.
  2. Make a schedule. Recite Quran daily and try to keep yourself busy, that way it will be easier to fast.
  3. Upon Sehri and Aftari, eating too much food defeats the purpose of fasting. Therefore, control your diet, do not stuff yourself up.
  4. Eating at Sehri time is essential because it keeps you going through the day and Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) warned us about being too extreme. Therefore, one must eat something.
  5. Break your fast with a date, because it’s a sunnah.
  6. Helping others to break their fast also entails great benefits.
  7. Buy the grocery in big bulk, so that you do not have to go to the market everyday.
  8. Seek forgiveness.
  9. Fasting cures many diseases like jealousy, neglect, laziness etc.
  10. The devil flows though us like blood. In Ramadan, fasting narrows the passages through which devil can influence us. Make the best of these days. Fast with all your faith and belief in Allah.
  11. The objective of fasting is to acquire good health. So, avoid stuffing and eating junk food.
  12. Our intention for fasting should be to seek the reward, forgiveness, and pleasure of Allah.
  13. Ramadan is not about eating a variety of delicious dishes every day for iftaar, rather it is more about worship and asking for Allah’s forgiveness.
  14. Anyone who does not leave his false actions and speech, then he is leaving his food and drink for nothing. All his fasting will be meaningless if he does not do it with proper faith and purpose.

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Good Manners Apply to All

The Quran says:

‘speak good to people.’

It doesn’t say:

‘speak good only to Muslims.’

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Knock, Knock “Who’s There?” “A Time to Recreate Yourself”

Assalam-o-Alikum,

      Brothers and Sisters, Friends and Fellows

You know, ‘Ramadan’ is just around the corner!! And it is about time that we get ready and start preparing our bodies and minds, if we desire a remarkable and blessed Ramadan. I know I do.

There was a time, when I was naive and missed many chances to take full benefit of this blessed month. It saddens me to remember those days. Though, I am still clueless about a lot of stuff. But at least now I am on the path, so, I guess I will get there some day, InshaAllah.

We, Muslims, should not think of Ramadan as a burden, because it is the best time of the year for us. You know why? Well, because Ramadan is like a prized chance given to us by Allah, a chance to purify our bodies, minds and souls, to strengthen our faith and beliefs, to rebuilt and wash the filth off ourselves. In similar words, it is a chance for us to change ourselves for the better. 

Ramadan is coming! When we say this, we usually mean, the month of fasting is here. But is that what Ramadan is all about? No doubt, fasting is a significant part of this time of year and also one of our religious duties, but, it doesn’t end here.

Many of you probably know all this, but reminder is always good. Right? Fasting is only 1% about not eating and drinking while 99% is about bringing your heart and soul closer to Allah. If you are going to carry on with your old, regular routine like not giving time to your prayers, not reciting Quran, sleeping all day, using foul and bad language, gossiping, being angry, wasting time in worthless activities that do not benefit you in strengthening of your faith and stuff like that; you know, you are not really performing your religious duty. You are just starving yourself. And Ramadan is not about starving yourself or going on a diet; it is about indulging yourself in your faith (imaan)  and making the most of it.

Fasting is an essential requirement needed to cleanse our body, soul and mind. Some of the benefits that we can get through fasting are:

  • A chance to create a deep connection with Allah.
  • Learn about patience and self-control.
  • Learn to strain ourselves from gossiping, backbiting, fighting, harming and indulging ourselves in any devilish activities.
  • A chance to reflect and improve oneself for the better.

The devil is going to be locked away for Ramadan, and then, it will be just us. I believe there is still good in us, so let’s aim to have a better Ramadan this year than the last one. Let’s aim and work towards it.

May Allah make this Ramadan, a turning point in our lives and accept all our prayers and worships in His path.

(Ameen)

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Be Humble Fellows

“Humble yourself.

Never wonder, ‘Today I have performed such voluntary prayers!’

Instead, think: ‘O Allah, give me the ability to bow my head at Your Door again tomorrow, just as You have allowed me to do so today.'”

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Say No to Valentine’s Day! Here is Why

This one is especially addressed to Muslims, which means you first need to recognize yourself. Who are you? What religion do you belong to?

If you say, you are a Muslim then do you believe. Do you believe in Allah, in His messenger Hazrat Muhammad pbuh (P.B.U.H)? Do you stand by Allah’s teachings, His orders? Do you know about your boundaries? Do you know about Islam?

Being a Muslim, does not simply mean that you are born to a Muslim family and that’s it. Being a Muslim is so much more. Being a Muslim, is about changing yourself according to Allah’s will and not about changing Islam.

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Today, I want to talk about festivals and events, especially The Valentine’s Day. I will request you to first read ‘till the end, give me a chance to state myself then you can share your opinions. Thank you.

In Islam, the festivals are clearly defined and well established. They are distinct, no additions or subtractions are to be acknowledged. They are an essential part of our worship and there is no room for personal opinions. They have been approved for us by Allah and His Messenger pbuh . And that should be enough for us.

Festivals are considered as the most distinctive things by which our religions are told apart, by which we are told apart. So, when you welcome a non-Islamic festival in your lives you are going against your own religion, most importantly you are going against Allah’s will. If you believe you are a Muslim, you don’t want that, you don’t want to anger Allah.

Now we come to the Valentine’s Day. Do you know it goes back to Roman times? It has no roots in Islamic times which means this event entirely belongs to the Christians and not to Muslims.

Here is a little piece of information from the History of Valentine’s Day.

The people who celebrate this day wrote: Every 14 February we celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving flowers, candy and cards to those we love. We do this in honor of Saint Valentine.

 Do you know who this St. Valentine is?

According to the most common legend, St. Valentine was a priest who served during 3rd century in Rome. There was an Emperor at that time by the name of Claudius II, who decided that single men made better soldiers than those that were married. Therefore, he decided to outlaw marriage for young men, in order to build a stronger army. St. Valentine was against this declaration. He thought it was unfair and must be stopped, so, he chose to marry young couples secretly. When the Emperor found out about St. Valentine’s actions, he had him put to death.

From that day on-wards, the followers of St. Valentine celebrate this day to honor him.

Though to this day, it has become something else. This festival was of Christians and Jews, and they had a purpose in mind. Now everyone is adopting this, regardless of the religion, beliefs, or history. It has become a huge mess.

We, being Muslims, should register this that this is not our festival to celebrate. As I have already stated, our festivals tell us apart, so we should not be a part of any non-Islamic festival.

From the Sunnah:

The Hold Prophet said: “Whoever imitates a certain people becomes one of them.”

[Abu Dawood]

If the Christians have a festival and the Jews have a festival, which belongs exclusively to them, the Muslims get no part in it. Just as non-Muslims do not share our religion, our festivals or our beliefs.

Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Halloween and numerous other non-Islamic festivals have found a way in our lives and this mixing is destroying us, as well as, it is taking away our identity.

Do the non-Muslims celebrate our Eids as we do, with the same beliefs and rituals as we do? The answer is no. There are some lines, some boundaries, we are not supposed to cross. It is for our own good. Try to see that.

Now we come to the Questions and Queries that people raise.

People ask questions like:

  • We are only expressing love, what’s wrong with that? OR
  • What’s wrong with a husband or a wife to express their love to each other on this particular day?

The answers to both are stated here.

No one is depriving you of love, if that’s what you mean. But the kind of love that this day promotes is not the kind of love one must seek. It is a mistake to confuse that this kind of love has real intentions behind it. The love referred to, on this day is romantic love, involving mistresses and lovers, boyfriends and girlfriends.

This kind of relationships are not allowed in our religion. We should remember our boundaries, our hayaa. If one does crosses this line, he/she is committing a sin, a forbidden sin.

The romantic love should only exist between married couples. And even for married couples, they don’t need this specific day to express their love. There are 365 days in a year. This particular day comes once in a year. You don’t have to wait for this day to express love to your partner.

So, considering all of this, how can we believe that Valentine’s Day is of any benefit to Muslims? The truth is that, it is a call for more broad-mindedness and mischievousness, and the forming of forbidden relationships. The husband who sincerely loves his wife does not need this holiday to remind her of his love. He should express his love for his wife at all times and on all occasions. And the same goes for the wives.  

Give it a thought, research on it if you are not satisfied by my words. In the history, in Quran and Hadith you will see that this is not our path to follow.

And Allah knows best.

– aak92

Qurani Ayat on Whatsapp

Assalamualikum everyone,

Can I have a minute of your important time? If yes, then continue reading. 

There is a message floating around the network for quite a time, especially on whatsapp. You probably have seen it in form of text or video.

That message is about: Stoppage of Qurani Ayat on Whatsapp.

Why, they say. Well, because they get deleted and it is in the signs of the ‘Judgement Day’ that the believers will themselves delete the Qur’an.

That’s what they are saying in the message. The part about deleting of Qur’an by the hands of believers themselves and its being the sign of the Judgement Day is authentic. But the way they are conveying is not.

Deleting of Qur’an is not that easy. Its Allah’s book. He has taken the responsibility of its protection.

I have done some research on this, consulted a few scholars, just to get a clear picture on this misconception. Think about it, if you won’t share it, then in a way, YOU ARE DELETING IT.

We share to spread awareness, as a reminder, we share, because we want to reach out to as many people as possible. Right? And as we spend most of our time with our devices, what better way to reach out than this.

When we delete the Qurani Ayat from our phones, that is not out of disgrace. If you are doing it out of disgrace then that can be held against you otherwise you are okay. You see, once the message is conveyed, once we have it memorized, we move it to another place or even if we simply delete it, we are not doing it out of disgrace. And that is nothing like deleting Qur’an.

Don’t confuse yourself. First get a better understanding of things, consult, do researches and then spread it. We have already too many false facts spread on the net, I think we can do without more.

Thank you for your time.

Stay blessed.

– aak92

Islam, Veiling and Society

Isn’t it funny how the society says, “Do not judge a book by its cover.” But then it turns and go about judging the girls/women in cover.

What’s wrong with this, if a lady covers herself with a decent dressing or a dupatta or a scarf or hijabs and gowns or niqab? Huh?

Our religion, Islam, has a dress code for females.

And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their khimār over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women (friends), or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments.

(Surah An-Nur [24:31])

Even with this knowledge, our people are so naive, so judgemental. Some are like, “Why she covers herself? Does she have something to hide?” While some go by, “When you have no flaw, why cover? Why not show your beauty to the world?”

I have a question for all those people,“Have you seen that food which is placed uncovered? All the flies, dirt, germs and numerous other filthy things find an opening to it.  Will you take a bite/sip knowing it has been exposed to the filthiness? Not without a doubt. Eventually, you throw it away. What a waste! But think, if you would have covered it, not because it has some flaw but to protect it from all that filthiness, would that have been better?

Similarly, a female covers herself, not because she has a flaw to hide but because it is her IDENTITY! She is protecting herself from every random/filthy eye to sit on her. She is displaying her faith instead of her body. Just tell me what is wrong with that?”

If a woman is free to show her body then why is she judged when she chooses to cover it?

I agree there are some who uses the ‘covering‘ for ‘hiding‘ purposes but who are you to judge? Are you perfect? I know you are not. Because we are humans and we are not suppose to be perfect. But one should always keep trying to be close to it. That’s why if someone decides to edge towards being better, don’t create hurdles in their path instead be appreciative. May Allah have mercy upon you and all of us. (Ameen)

Classy is when a woman has everything to flaunt but chooses not to show it.

May Allah help all of us to make ourselves a better person than we were yesterday. (Ameen)

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How to Get Someone to Pray for You

Logon ko ‘DUA’ ke liye

kehney sy ziyada betar hai

Ap aisey amal karo ke ‘LOGON’

ke ‘DIL’ se ap ke liye ‘DUA’ nikley.

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Instead of asking people to ‘PRAY’ for you,

It is better that you do such deeds,

that they ‘PRAY’ for you from the depth of their hearts.

Benefits of Ayat-ul-Kursi

We always need Allah’s protection. Always. But now when I hear about all those tragic incidents I feel we need it even more. It is for our own good so what’s the harm.

There are a lot of benefits of Ayat-ul-Kursi.

I wish for all of you to be safe form the evils of the world.

May Allah protect us all. Ameen

Ramadan and Eid

Oh Ramadan start hone wala hai! Tumne Eid ka dress decide kar liye? Meine to apna tailor ko bhe de diya hai…..

This is how  most of our population starts Ramadan, well,  mostly the females. Anyway the point of discussion here is that, why we think of Eid first when we need to prepare for Ramadan first? I think we have forgotten that the Eid is a gift to those people who have been good through out the Ramadan. Meaning they have fulfilled every requirements of Ramadan.

Eid is a time for joy for the Muslims, that comes after the month of Ramadan. But if you have made no changes during Ramadan, if you carry on the same routine, then do you really think you deserve this parcel of joy???

And Eid is not a day to let out your inner devils out. It is no doubt a day of joy for Muslims but you do not have to go all crazy and forget all your values neither the things you have learned in Ramadan. But  sadly, a lot of us do that.

Give it a thought and lets make some changes this time.

Wish all the Muslims out there a blessed Ramadan and a peaceful Eid.

-aak92