“FASTING is not about a diet of burning calories, rather a burning or pride, ego and sins”.
Pearls of Wisdom
1. To know with certainty that you will never receive less than what was destined for you is the essence of reliance upon Allah. [Abul Hasan bu Shaikhi]
2. Spend from what Allah has given you. Do not fear poverty. Allah will give you as He has promised. No one who has been generous has ever perished in destitution. [Ibn Arabi]
3. Prayer and fasting are the greatest things a person can do, yet to remove all the evil traits from the heart such as pride, arrogance, rancor, malice, love of this world etc, rank even higher. [Shaykh al Kharqani]
4. Seek to keep the company of those who illumine one’s inward and outward states with the light of their intimacy with the Divine. [Shaykh Abul Abbas]
5. There can be no good in excess, just as there is no excess in good. [Imam Abu Hanifah]
6. Who is better among Allah’s worshippers than the one who sees others as better than him? [Abu Bakr Saidlani]
7. The greatest blessings is that one is freed from the shackles of ego, for what greater veil is there between us and the Creator other than the ego. [Abu Bakr Saidlani]
8. To be angered quickly is a sign that one is in the grip of his ego. [Abu Bakr Wasti]
9. The one who longs for Allah is blessed with limbs which are free from stains of sins. [Ahmad Masruq]
10. The one who has tasted the sweetness of slave hood finds no repose in leisure pursuits. [Abdullah Manazil]
Psychological Counselling: Dealing with hardships
There are many reasons for hating this world. There are some people who dislike this transient world and long for that which is with Allaah of reward, and who love to meet Allaah. Hence some of the salaf said: “The gift of the believer is death.” For he detests this world and his heart is attached to the Hereafter. Yet despite his dislike for this world, he carries out his duties towards Allaah and His slaves, and he strives to do good as much as he can, in accordance with the words of Allaah (interpretation of the meaning):
“And worship your Lord until there comes unto you the certainty (i.e. death)”
And there are some people who detest this world, not because of the Hereafter, but because they think that their share of it is very little, and that others are better off then them. Undoubtedly this is a kind of discontent with the will and decree of Allaah, for Allaah is the One Who bestows blessings and distributes provisions, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And if Allaah were to enlarge the provision for His slaves, they would surely rebel in the earth, but He sends down by measure as He wills. Verily, He is, in respect of His slaves, the Well‑Aware, the All‑Seer (of things that benefit them)”
Some people hate this world because they have been faced with a great deal of trial, stress and exhaustion in it. Undoubtedly these people do not understand the true nature of this world. This world is the realm of striving and trial, the realm of stress and exhaustion, especially for the righteous believer, who encounters all kinds of trials by means of which Allaah expiates his sins and raises him in status.
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Verily, We have created man in toil”
“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: ‘We believe, and will not be tested. And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allaah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allaah knows all that before putting them to test)”
Abu Uthmaan said:
I was with Salmaan (ra) under a tree and he took a dry branch and began to shake it until its leaves fell to the ground.
He said: O Abu Uthmaan! Will you not ask me why I am doing this?
I said: Why are you doing this?
He said: The Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) did the same to me while I was with him under a tree. He took a dry branch and began to shake it until all the leaves fell to the ground.
Then he said: O Salmaan! Will you not ask me why I am doing this? So I said: And why are you doing this? & he replied : “Indeed (each time) the Muslim performs wudhoo and beautifies it, then performs the five prayers his sins fall from him just like these leaves have fallen”
and then he (peace & blessing may be upon him recited the verse:
Establish the prayer at the two ends of the day and at the approaches of the night. Indeed the good deeds remove the evil deeds. This is the reminder for those who remember. (Surah Hud 11:114)
|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
SALAH (Prayer) – the 2nd pillar of Islam
A key element of Muslim life is the obligatory, ritual prayer. These prayers are performed five times a day, and are a direct link between the worshipper and God. This very personal relationship with the Creator allows one to fully depend, trust and love God; and to truly achieve inner peace and harmony, regardless of the trails one faces.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Indeed, when one of you prays, he speaks privately with his Lord.”
Prayers are performed at dawn, mid-day, late-afternoon, sunset and nightfall; reminding one of God throughout the day. Regular prayer helps prevent destructive deeds and gives one the opportunity to seek God’s pardon for any misgivings.
The Prophet once asked his companions: “Do you think if there was a river by the door and one of you bathed in it five times a day; would there remain any dirt on him?” The Prophet’s companions answered in the negative. The Prophet then said: “That is how it is with the five (daily) prayers; through them God washes away your sins.”
Friday is the day of congregation for Muslims. The mid-day prayer on Fridayis different from all other prayers in that it includes a sermon. Prayer at other times are relatively simple, they include verses from the Qur’an and take only a few minutes to complete.
Muslims are greatly encouraged to perform their five daily prayers in congregation, and in the Mosque. A Mosque, in its most basic form, is simply a clean area designated for prayers. Mosques throughout the world have taken on various architectural forms, reflected local cultures. They range from detached pavilions in China to elaborate courtyards in India; from massive domes in Turkey to glass and steel structures in the United States. However, one unique and obvious feature remains – the “call to prayer.”
The first person to call Muslims to prayer was a freed African slave from Abyssinia, Bilal ibn Rabah. He was a beloved companion of Prophet Muhammad. Bilal’s rich and melodious voice called the Muslims of Madinah to prayer five times a day.
A translation of the call to prayer:
God is Greater, God is Greater;
God is Greater, God is Greater.
I testify that there is no deity except God;
I testify that there is no deity except God.
I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of God; I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of God.
Come to prayer! Come to prayer!
Come to success! Come to success!
God is Greater! God is Greater!
There is no deity except God.
Source: http://www.discover islam.com
I wish I knew who wrote this to give the credits, but maybe they wanted to remain humble for their efforts.
Ar-Rayyan: Are you a club member?
If you are an elite status frequent flyer with one of the national airlines, you will realize the benefits of such status when you need it the most – when the airport is crowded and you need to secure your spot on the airplane. If you are a club member of any of the national or international flying programs, you will enjoy privileges not available to the public. The number one privilege is status. When passengers are called for departure they are mentioned by their flying status; first class is first and foremost, next comes the club members and then all other travelers through general boarding.
As a club member you are recognized for your hard work. You enjoy boarding earlier than others with no long delays. You even walk through a special path with a club logo on the carpet. Once you pass through it, it closes after you leaving the rest of the crowd waiting to enter later through a different path. As a club member you enjoy traveling rewards for your hard work on the journeys you had undertaken throughout your career with the carrier. You receive rewards such as, and not limited to, spontaneous upgrades, waving charges for extra baggage, and most importantly a private lounge in the busy airport. The gates of the club are opened only for members of the flying club, and if you are not a member; no entry.
“Ar-Rayyan” is a gate for exclusive heavenly elite, it is the gate of Paradise through which members of a special class will enter and once they are all in it will close. It is a gate for an exclusive club; a club for those who travel the distance with a special airline: “aS-Saa’imoon” , the fasting people.
Narrated Sahl ibn Sa’ad, radiyallahu anh, the Messenger of Allah salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: “In paradise there is a gate which is called Ar-Rayyan through which the people who fasted will enter on the day of Judgment, and no one else shall enter along-side them. It will be asked, `where are the Saa’imoon, those who fasted?’ and they will walk through it, and upon the entry of the last of them, it will be locked, and no one else will walk through it.” (Bukhari and Muslim) Read the rest of this entry »