“FASTING is not about a diet of burning calories, rather a burning or pride, ego and sins”.
As-salaamalikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakato,
Subhanallah I just got an email with this link at this time of the morning and the 10 min and 39 secs had a profound impact on me. We should keep this video and review it every so often (perhaps even weekly or monthly) to remind us what and where our ultimate destination will be. It is a good video for us ladies as we do not visit the graves!
I have been so busy purchasing household items at the moment and trying to make my villa “cozy”. We have been living in an empty shell for two and half years with bear minimum: enough to keep us going, not enough to have that cozy feeling though. I am nesting, but my main intention is to ensure that when my family visit (when the baby arrives insha’allah) they are comfortable in my home and will leave with a feeling of not wishing to.
I (cannot speak for you all) do forget in the normal hum drum of life the things I should be really preparing for. My ultimate permanent abode: I lack in this in so many ways. This video has come on a day when I had to witness so much fitnah on national day riding through Riyadh tonight (may Allah guide all the people I saw today). The music and dancing etc was just so alien to me now that I have moved away from the UK, but I really found the whole scene intrusive and got a little angry that my children had to witness it! May Allah protect us and our children.
This video will definitively move you.
I pray that you all use your time and energies to accumulate the good deeds, may Allah accept your deeds, may you do them for His sake only, may you reap the rewards, may He expand your graves until you all rise to meet your Creator. May we help each other as sisters in Islam to remind each other, help each other, guide each other to our Creator and insha’Allah Jannah Firdaws. Ameen
Pass this link on to those you know…….it is a great reminder.
Love you all
Fei Amaan Allah (always and forever)
When passing through a mountain pass, a bedouin once came across an old man who was blind and who seemed to be afflicted with various ailments all over his body. It was clear that he was wasting away. He was even paralyzed and was constantly forced to remain in a seated position. The Bedouin could clearly hear him say, “All praise is for Allah, Who has kept me safe from ailments with which He has tesed many among His creation; and He has indeed preferred me over many among those that He created.”
“My brother!” exclaimed the bedouin. “What have you been saved from? By Allah, I think that you have been afflicted with every single kind of ailment!”
“Go away from me,” said the old man, as he raised his head. “Do I not still have a tongue with which I can pronounce His Oneness, and with which I can remember Him every single moment? And do I not still have a heart with which I can know Him?”
These words of the old man were enough for the bedouin to repent to Allah for his sins and ask Him for forgiveness.
There is a story narrated by Anas Ibn Maalik ,, as he and some fellow companions were sitting with the Prophet (SAW) once when the Prophet (SAW) said :
“A man from the dwellers of paradise will walk in now.” Shortly after, a man entered whose beard was dripping wet from ablution (wudu) and he held his slippers in his left hand.
For the next two days, the Prophet (SAW) would say this each time and the same man would walk in upon the Prophet (SAW)’s words.
When the Prophet (SAW) left the gathering, Abdullaah Ibn Amr went to the man and asked permission to spend 3 nights in his house.
So for those 3 nights, Abdullaah Ibn Amr studied the man but did not notice him to make any extra effort in performing extra deeds. After the 3 nights, Abdullaah Ibn Amr told the man that he had in fact asked to stay at his house in order to imitate him, because the Prophet (SAW) had said that he will become a dweller of paradise . .
He asked him:
“How did you reach such status to deserve what the Prophet (SAW) said about you?”
The man then replied:
“My deeds are nothing more than what you saw, except that every night before I sleep, I forgive everyone who has wronged me and do not hold grudges against them.”
|1. Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the life to come and keep us safe from the torment of the Fire (2:201)|
|2. Our Lord! Bestow on us endurance and make our foothold sure and give us help against those who reject faith. (2:250)|
|3. Our Lord! Take us not to task if we forget or fall into error. (2:286)|
|4. Our Lord! Lay not upon us such a burden as You did lay upon those before us. (2:286)|
|5. Our Lord! Impose not on us that which we have not the strength to bear, grant us forgiveness and have mercy on us. You are our Protector. Help us against those who deny the truth. (2:286)|
|6. Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate from the truth after You have guided us, and bestow upon us mercy from Your grace. Verily You are the Giver of bounties without measure. (3:8)|
|7. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and the lack of moderation in our doings, and make firm our steps and succour us against those who deny the truth. (3:147)|
|8. Our Lord! Whomsoever You shall commit to the Fire, truly You have brought [him] to disgrace, and never will wrongdoers find any helpers (3:192)|
|9. Our Lord! Behold we have heard a voice calling us unto faith: “Believe in your Lord” and we have believed. (3:193)|
|10. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and efface our bad deeds and take our souls in the company of the righteous. (3:193)|
|11. Our Lord! And grant us that which you have promised to us by Your messengers and save us from shame on the Day of Judgement. Verily You never fail to fulfill Your promise. (3:194)|
|12. Our Lord! We have sinned against ourselves, and unless You grant us forgiveness and bestow Your mercy upon us, we shall most certainly be lost! (7:23)|
|13. Our Lord! Place us not among the people who have been guilty of evildoing. (7:47)|
|14. Our Lord! Lay open the truth between us and our people, for You are the best of all to lay open the truth. (7:89)|
|15. Our Lord! Pour out on us patience and constancy, and make us die as those who have surrendered themselves unto You. (7:126)|
|16. Our Lord! Make us not a trial for the evildoing folk, and save as by Your mercy from people who deny the truth (10:85-86)|
|17. Our Lord! You truly know all that we may hide [in our hearts] as well as all that we bring into the open, for nothing whatever, be it on earth or in heaven, remains hidden from Allah (14:38)|
|18. Our Lord! Bestow on us mercy from Your presence and dispose of our affairs for us in the right way. (18:10)|
|19. Our Lord! Grant that our spouses and our offspring be a comfort to our eyes, and give us the grace to lead those who are conscious of You. (25:74)|
|20. Our Lord! You embrace all things within Your Grace and Knowledge, forgive those who repent and follow Your path, and ward off from them the punishment of Hell. (40:7)|
|21. Our Lord! Make them enter the Garden of Eden which You have promised to them, and to the righteous from among their fathers, their wives and their offspring, for verily You are alone the Almighty and the truly Wise. (40:8)|
|22. Our Lord! Relieve us of the torment, for we do really believe. (44:12)|
|23. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins as well as those of our brethren who proceeded us in faith and let not our hearts entertain any unworthy thoughts or feelings against [any of] those who have believed. Our Lord! You are indeed full of kindness and Most Merciful (59:10)|
|24. Our Lord! In You we have placed our trust, and to You do we turn in repentance, for unto You is the end of all journeys. (60:4)|
|25. Our Lord! Perfect our light for us and forgive us our sins, for verily You have power over all things. (66:8)|
I’m not sure who wrote this program, but it’s pretty nifty. It just brings up the 25 Quran Duas on your PC on a little program. You can download it from here. and then you can also see the Arabic which is better.. or http://www.jannah.org/quran/25quranduas.html
Praise be to Allaah.
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Sawm (fasts) that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Sawm (fasts) must be made up] from other days. Allaah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you.
(He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allaah [i.e. to say Takbeer (Allaahu Akbar: Allaah is the Most Great)] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him.” [al-Baqarah 2:185]
This blessed month is a great opportunity for goodness, barakah (blessing), worship and obedience towards Allaah. It is a great month, a noble season, a month in which hasanaat (rewards for good deeds) are multiplied and in which committing sayi’aat (bad deeds) is more serious than at other times.
The gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are shut, and the sinners’ repentance to Allaah is accepted. It is a month whose beginning is mercy, its middle is forgiveness and its end is redemption from the Fire. So give thanks to Him for the season of goodness and blessing that He has bestowed upon you, and for the means of bounty and various kinds of great blessings for which He has singled you out.
Make the most of this blessed time by filling it with acts of worship and forsaking haraam things, so that you may attain a good life in this world and happiness after death. For the sincere believer, every month is an occasion for worship and his whole life is spent in obeying Allaah, but in the month of Ramadaan he has even more motives to do good and his heart is even more focused on worship, and he turns even more to his Lord. By His grace, our generous Lord bestows His bounty upon the fasting believers and multiplies the reward for them on this blessed occasion, so He gives abundantly and rewards generously for righteous deeds. Time passes quickly Days pass so quickly, as if they were mere moments.
We welcomed Ramadaan, then we bade it farewell, and only a short period of time passed and we are welcoming Ramadaan again. So we should hasten to do good deeds in this month and strive to fill it with that which Allaah is pleased with and with that which will help us on the Day when we meet Him. How can we prepare for Ramadaan? We can prepare for Ramadaan by taking stock of ourselves and recognizing our shortcomings in living up to the Shahaadatayn, or our shortcoming in fulfilling our duties, or our shortcomings in not keeping away from the desires and doubts that we may have fallen into… We should set ourselves straight so that in Ramadaan we will have a higher degree of faith. For faith increases and decreases. It increases through obedience to Allaah and it decreases through disobedience and sin. Read the rest of this entry »
Praise be to Allaah.
What is prescribed for the Muslim in Ramadaan and at other times is to strive hard against his self that is inclined towards evil, so that it will become at peace and inclined towards good. He must strive against the enemy of Allaah, Iblees, so that he will be safe from his evil and his traps. In this world the Muslim is engaged in a mighty, ongoing struggle against himself, his whims and desires, and the shaytaan. He must repent a great deal and pray for forgiveness at all times, but times vary one from another.
The month of Ramadaan is the best month of the year, for it is a month of forgiveness, mercy and ransom from Hell. If the month is good and the place is good, then good deeds will be multiplied and the sin incurred by bad deeds will be greater. Sin in Ramadaan is worse than sin at any other time, just as an act of worship in Ramadaan brings a greater reward from Allaah than an act of worship at any other time. As Ramadaan has such a high status, worship at that time is of great virtue and is multiplied greatly, and the sin at that time is worse than sin at any other time.
The Muslim must make the most of this blessed month by doing righteous deeds and giving up evil deeds, so that Allaah may bless him with acceptance and help him to remain steadfast in adhering to the truth. But bad deeds always remain the same and are not multiplied in number either in Ramadaan or at other times.
As for good deeds, they are multiplied by ten times or more, because Allaah says in Soorat al-An’aam (interpretation of the meaning): “Whoever brings a good deed (Islamic Monotheism and deeds of obedience to Allaah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم) shall have ten times the like thereof to his credit, and whoever brings an evil deed (polytheism, disbelief, hypocrisy, and deeds of disobedience to Allaah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم) shall have only the recompense of the like thereof, and they will not be wronged” [al-An’aam 6:160]. And there are many similar verses.
Similarly, in special places such as the two Holy Sanctuaries (in Makkah and Madeenah), good deeds are greatly multiplied in terms of quantity and degree, but bad deeds are not multiplied in terms of quantity, but they may be more serious at a special time and in a special place, as indicated above.
Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz (15/446).