With Ramadan upon us, many of our homes naturally infuse with the excitement and anticipation of this month of fasting, taraaweeh prayers, night vigils, reciting the Quran, and connecting with family and friends.
Khutbahs (sermons) abound with instructions on how to make the most of this month of mercy and how to make its benefits long lasting. But.. More
Whenever the month of Ramadan begins and the sighting of its crescent is affirmed, this marks the celebration of the willpower and strong determination of every Muslim. Muslims fast in the month of Ramadan out of obedience to their Lord and their urge to benefit from such a great spiritual experience. Muslims embark on a month-long spiritual journey.. More
The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: "Take Suhoor as there is a blessing in it." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] In this Hadeeth (narration), there is an injunction to take Suhoor, which means eating and drinking directly before dawn in order to get ready to fast that day. The wisdom underlying this order is also mentioned: namely,.. More
Another sense of precedence for setting goals should come from the fact that Allah Almighty has made certain things obligatory for Muslims while encouraging them toward other levels of worship (Sunan and Nawaafil, that is, the desirable and the additional). Some Muslims focus more on the later (like the Taraaweeh prayers) to the neglect of the obligation.. More
It is customary among many peoples to set New Year resolutions. The majority of people lose their newfound resolve, however, within just a few months. This is mainly because few of us know how to set goals for our self-promises. Even less have an action plan to achieve them.
The best time to set resolutions or renew intentions for Muslims is not in.. More
5. Receiving Ramadan by making the best use of time
Time is very precious because every minute that passes can never return. Ramadan is also a means of success or failure, salvation or destruction…
Amongst the obligatory and recommended acts of worship in Ramadan are:
First: Fasting during the daytime:
Allah The Almighty Says (what means):.. More
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
With Ramadan upon us, many of our homes naturally infuse with the excitement and anticipation of this month of fasting, taraaweeh prayers, night vigils, reciting the Quran, and connecting with family and...More