People have various ideas and ways of receiving the blessed month of Ramadan and invest this occasion in fulfilling their favorite actions and activities. Some of them make this an occasion for laziness, idleness, sleep and neglecting the different acts of obedience that they could otherwise be doing. Others find this a good opportunity for watching.. More
It was narrated that Imaam Maalik, may Allah have mercy upon him, would take leave of his friends after completing his lessons of knowledge in order to contemplate the life of the Companions of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and study the books that mention them and read their stories so that he could follow their footsteps and make.. More
7. The Great Striving of Women and Elderly Old Men During Ramadan:
The Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, were keen on standing in prayer for a long time in spite of their old age. In fact, this matter never hindered them from making lengthy prayer. Sa‘eed ibn ‘Aamir narrated that Asmaa’ ibn ‘Ubayd said, “We.. More
Scholars, may Allaah have mercy upon them, have spoken a lot about the most hope-inspiring verses in the Quran which opens the door of hope wide before sinners like us, and their hearts will soften with the remembrance of Allah The Almighty.
‘Ali, may Allaah be pleased with him, said, “The most hope-inspiring verse in the Quran.. More
Great ambition takes great will,
Let us ask ourselves,
If it is possible to be in the highest Firdaws and accompany the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and his Companions for eternity, and to be beside the Throne of the Most-Merciful Allah, why do you choose to be in a lower rank?
Have you read the words of Ibn Al-Jawzi,.. More
Dear reader, we are still on our blessed journey in the Paradise of Allah, The Lord of The Worlds…
We stopped at a wonderful scene while you were walking with your wife from the Hoors (maidens of Paradise) by the banks of the rivers which Allah The Exalted made flow beneath your palaces under your trees. Then, you reach another palace.
See what excitement the believers will encounter on the Day of Resurrection! I imagine how they will feel – may Allah make you and us among the inhabitants of Paradise. After the horrors and hardships the believers saw befalling the sinners on the Day of Judgment and, before that, the trials and desires they patiently resisted in this life,.. More
Every now and then, the believer looks forward to something that raises his enthusiasm, motivates him to do righteous deeds, and strengthens the steadfastness in his heart. The Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said that Allah The Almighty Says: "I have prepared for My righteous slaves what no eye has seen, no ear has heard,.. More
Tips that make self-reckoning easier
There are some methods that would assist a person to call himself to account and make that process easier; they are as follows:
1. Knowing that the more effort he exerts in calling his soul to account in this world, the more he will be relieved in the Hereafter. Likewise, the more he neglects.. More
First of all, have you ever been alone and checked and weighed what you have said or done previously? Have you ever tried to list your bad deeds in the same way as you think of your good deeds? Have you ever thought how you will be held accountable before Allah The Almighty while you are carrying such a heavy load of sins?
How can you yield yourself.. More
Indeed, all sins poison the heart and lead to its illness and destruction. They sicken it and define its will as other than what Allah The Almighty wants [of His servant], in effect being as harmful to the heart as actual poisons are to the body. Imaam Ibn Al-Mubaarak, may Allah have mercy upon him, said, “I have seen that sins cause the death.. More
4. Lifelong commitment
This principle deals with the question of effectiveness how can we insure that our tazkiyah efforts bear their expected fruits, help us achieve piety, and fulfill our purpose in this life? Allah Almighty gave a hint: "Take what We have given you with determination and remember what is in it, that perhaps you may become righteous&q.. More
Principles of Tazkiyah
As shown earlier, tazkiyah is a fundamental part of Prophet Muhammad's mission, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and his life constitutes a unique example of it. Together with his teaching, this example was responsible for altering the lives of his Companions to such an extent that they became the pinnacle and paradigm generation.. More
Lexically, the Arabic word `tazkiyah' means purification and development—of anything—to the level of perfection. As a Quranic term, it expresses a way of ridding ourselves of flawed tendencies and leanings as well as providing one with the means to attain piety and to help our souls develop to become as perfect as humanly possible. In other.. More
Why should we rejoice at the coming of Ramadan? What is so special about this month which makes it distinct from all the others of the year?
• We should rejoice at the coming of Ramadan and welcome it with a heart that abounds in faith, hoping for the rewards of Allah, the Exalted, and (observe fasting) as a response to the command of Allah the.. More