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The Muslim & Loneliness – 10 Verses for Reflection

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When many Muslims think of Ramadan they can remember beautiful moments spent together as a family: eating suhoor1 and iftar2 , bustling into the car to make it to the masjid for taraweeh (late night congregational prayer), celebrating Eid together. Yet speaking to some reverts will reveal the deep sense of loneliness they can experience at iftar3 or on Eid day. This series had initially been intended for any revert brothers or sisters experiencing loneliness during Ramadan. However as I came to realise, this feeling of loneliness is not restricted to reverts or the month of Ramadan, so I hope it will be of benefit to whomever and whenever they feel utterly alone. Insha’Allah (God willing) this series will provide just 10 ayat (verses) to reflect upon from the Book of Allah, a Mercy, Healing, and source of Peace for the believers.

Number 1: “Whatever is in the heavens and earth exalts Allah, and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.” (Qur’an 57:1) Read the rest of this entry

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A gift for 27th Night: Ramadhan Dua with english translation

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By Shaykh Muhammad Jebril | Translated by Shazia Ahmad

Many of us spend a good portion of our Ramadan nights with our hands raised in du`a’ (supplication), listening to the heart-felt words of our imam or shaykh calling on Allah in the witr prayer.  For those of us who don’t speak Arabic, it is a time when we often long to understand the meaning of the words being said with such evident intensity and feeling.  It is for this reason that we would like to present a beautiful du`a’ of Shaykh Muhammad Jebril of Cairo, Egypt – said at the completion of his recitation of the Qur’an in Ramadan1 – accompanied by an English translation. Read the rest of this entry

Istikharah (The Prayer for Seeking Guidance)

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Introduction to Salaat al-Istikharah

A spiritually immense prayer, endowing the Muslim with tranquility and restfulness. A prayer in which a servant if concerned with an affair or is faced with a worldly problem or intends to do something recommended or obligatory in which he has a choice, or when two recommended or obligatory actions conflict each other – which one should he do? Which one should he put forward?

He should pray two Rakahs of al-Istikharah prayer, then make a Duâaa specified by our noble Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam), seeking guidance form his Lord and seeking the counsel of his Creator and by it actualizes his servitude to Him, built upon the truthfulness of his certainty and his assurance in his Lord. Read the rest of this entry

Attributes of the Prayer

“Prayer has three attributes, and any prayer that contains none of these attributes is not truly prayer: Being done purely and sincerely for Allah alone (Ikhlas), fear of Allah, and remembrance of Allah. Ikhlas makes a person do good deeds, fear prevents him from doing evil deeds, and the remembrance of Allah is the Quran which contains the commands and prohibitions.”

[Tafsir Ibn Kathir (Abridged) Volume 7 Page 494]

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The big Danger of abandoning the 5 obligatory prayers

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Allah the almighty say:“But there came after them successors who neglected prayer and pursued desires; so they are going to meet evil. “

( The Holy Quran, Surah Mariam (saint mary) 59-60)

Allah also say :

“Every soul, for what it has earned, will be retained(38)Except the companions of the right,(39)[Who will be] in gardens, questioning each other(40)About the criminals,(41)[And asking them], “What put you into Saqar (hell)?”(42)They will say, “We were not of those who performed prayers (43)(The Holy Quran, Surat Al-Muddaththir)The prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said :

“The first thing which will be judged among a man’s deeds on the Day of Resurrection is the Prayer. If this is in good order then he will succeed and prosper but if it is defective then he will fail and will be a loser.” [Narrated by Nasaa’ee, Tirmidhee and Ibn Maajah]

The Prophet pbuh said (which means): The covenant between us and them is prayer, so if anyone abandons it he has become a disbeliever. [Ahmad, Tirmidhee, Nasaa’ee]

And he pbuh also said (which means): What lies between a man and disbelief is the abandonment of prayer. [Sahih Muslim, Aboo Dawood, Nasaa’ee]

And he pbuh said (which means): If anyone abandons prayer deliberately then he has no claim upon Allaah. [Ibn Maajah, ADAB-AL-MUFRAD of Bukhaari, Tabaraani]

And he , mentioning the prayer, said (which means): If anyone keeps to it, it will be light, evidence and salvation for him on the Day of Resurrection. But if anyone does not keep to it, it will not be light, evidence and salvation for him on the Day of Resurrection, and on that Day he will be associated with Qaroon, Pharaoh, Namaan and Ubayy bin Khalaf (an enemy of Islaam from among the Quraysh). [Ahmad, Tabaraanee, Ibn Hibbaan]

`Abdullaah bin Shaqeeq Al-`Aqeelee Tabi`ee (Tabi`ee: a successor to the companions of the Prophet ] said: “The Companions of the Prophet did not consider the abandonment of any good deed to be disbelief except the abandonment of the Prayer.” [Tirmidhee, Haakim]

When `Alee was asked about a women who did not pray, he said: “The one who does not pray is a disbeliever.” [Tirmidhee, Haakim]

Ibn Mas`ood (R) said: “The one who abandons the prayer has no religion.” [Muhammad bin Nasr Al Mirwazee]

Ibn `Abbaas (R) said: “The one who leaves off a single prayer deliberately will find, when he meets Allaah Most High, that He (T) is angry with him.” [Muhammad bin Nasr Al-Mirwazee, Ibn Abdul-Barr]

Ibn Hazm said: “There is no greater sin after polytheism than delaying a prayer until its time has passed and killing a believer without a just cause.”

Ibraheem Al-Nakha`ee said: “The one who has abandoned the prayer has become a disbeliever.”

Humility in Prayer

 Wouldn’t it be nice to have some form of an invisible protective shield around us while we pray to keep the distractions away from us? Yes! And here’s some good news: each one of us can and should build this protective shield to guard our salah as per the instructions given in the Quran and the Sunnah. The following ayah;

And those who strictly guard their Prayer”[The Holy Quran, 23:9]

goes to show that our salah needs to be constantly shielded and guarded from everything that affects its quality.

The collective attentiveness in the actions of the heart, tongue and limbs form the basis of the khushu protective shield.

In the first part of this article, we looked at the nature of khushu and how it affects us both in and out of salah. Now we will look at some practical steps you can take on your path to developing khushu in your own salah.

Here are some practical tips to maintain Humility In Prayer:

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How to pray and for whom can we?

Pray:

•••► For Parents:

1. May Allah give my Parents long life.

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Qur’anic Verses

 
“O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? Most hateful it is with Allâh that you say that which you do not do”

[Translation of the Noble Quran, Surrah Al-Saff :2-3]