Monthly Archives: September 2018

Salah (Prayer) is better than sleep

Why is Salah better than sleep?

Answer: Because sleep is answering the call of one’s desire and Salah is answering the call of Allah Ta’aala

It is better than sleep because sleep is death and Salah is life

It is better than sleep because sleep is a relaxation for the body and Salah is a relaxation for the soul

It is better than sleep because the Mu’min and kaafir shares in sleeping whereas Salah is done only by a Mu’min

The people of Fajr is a successful people, their faces are exhilarating, their foreheads are bright and their time is blessed

If you are one of them, then praise Allah Ta’aala for His bounty on you

If you’re not, then pray to Allah Ta’aala to make you from amongst them

How beautiful is Fajr

Fulfilling it’s Fardh will put you in the protection of Allah Ta’aala

It’s Sunnah is better than the whole world and whatever it contains

It’s recitation is being witnessed as Allah Ta’aala says: “Indeed, the recitation of Fajr is being witnessed.”

Honourable brother and sister, whatever lifestyle a person leads, he will die on it. Whatever lifestyle a person leads, he will be resurrected on it.

If you read this message, you have received the reward that goes with it

if you made a firm intention to act on it and to let others benefit from it, your reward will be multiplied Inshaa-Allah Ta’aala

Do not conceal beneficial knowledge with which you will be rewarded if you share it

Glad tidings to you O you who perform Fajr

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Sadaqah

Regarding *Sadaqah*;

If the person giving *Sadaqah* knows that the money he is donating will reach Allah first and then the poor person, he will truly gain much more joy in giving rather than taking.

Do you know the benefits of *Sadaqah*?

So listen
1. *Sadaqah* is one of the doors from Jannah

2. *Sadaqah* is the most virtuous action in all good actions, and the best form of Sadaqah is to feed others

3. *Sadaqah* will be a shade on the day of judgement and it will save a person from the fire

4. *Sadaqah* makes the anger of Allah cool and it also cools the heat in the grave

5. The best and most beneficial gift for a deceased person is *Sadaqah* and Allah continues to increase the reward of *Sadaqah*

6. *Sadaqah* is a way to purify the soul and increases good deeds

7. *Sadaqah* will be a cause of happiness on the day of judgement on the face of the giver

8. *Sadaqah* is a source of peace from the dangers of the day of judgement and it doesn’t let you grieve the past

9. *Sadaqah* is a means of sins being forgiven and also expiates past sins

10. *Sadaqah* is glad tidings of a good death and is also a cause for the duas of the angels

11. The person who gives *Sadaqah* is from the best of people and all those associated with it will also receive the reward

12. The person who gives *Sadaqah* is promised great rewards

13. The person who spends in *Sadaqah* is counted in those who have piety and people also begin to love him

14. Giving *Sadaqah* is a sign of kindness and grace

15. *Sadaqah* is a means of Duas being accepted and hardships being removed

16. *Sadaqah* removes difficulties and closed 70 doors of harm in the world

17. *Sadaqah* is a means of age and wealth being increased and is also a means of success and provision

18. *Sadaqah* is a cure and a medicine

19. *Sadaqah* prevents theft, a bad death, burns from fire and drowning

20. *Sadaqah* is rewarded, even if it is on animals and birds.

*The last thing* The best form of Sadaqah at this moment is to forward this message with the intention of it being Sadaqah..

And Allah know best..

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The Qur’an: Our Life Companion

How to Improve

How can I improve myself within a month?

20 ideas -:

1. Detoxify your speech. Reduce the use of negative words. Be polite.

2. Read everyday. Doesn’t matter what. Choose whatever interests you.

3. Promise yourself that you will never talk rudely to your parents. They never deserve it.

4. Observe people around you. Imbibe their virtues.

5. Spend some time with nature everyday.

6. Feed the stray animals. Yes, it feels good to feed the hungry.

7. No ego. No ego. No ego. Just learn, learn and learn.

8. Do not hesitate to clarify a doubt. “He who asks a question remains fool for 5 minutes. He who does not ask remains a fool forever”.

9. Whatever you do, do it with full involvement. That’s meditation.

10. Keep distance from people who give you negative vibes but never hold grudges.

11. Stop comparing yourself with others. If you won’t stop, you will never know your own potential.

12. “The biggest failure in life is the failure to try”. Always remember this.

13. “I cried as I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet”. Never complain.

14. Plan your day. It will take a few minutes but will save your days.

15. Everyday, for a few minutes, sit in silence. I mean sit with yourself. Just yourself. Magic will flow.

16. In a healthy body resides a healthy mind. Do not litter it with junk.

17. Keep your body hydrated at all times. Practice drinking 8–10 glasses of water.

18. Make a habit to eat at least one serving of raw vegetable salad on a daily basis.

19. Take care of your health. “He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything”.

20. Life is short. Life is simple. Do not complicate it. Don’t forget to smile.

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Having a beaming face with the young and the old

Ten Signs of Good Manners
Yusuf ibn Asbat said:

“There are ten signs of good manners, and they are:

1. Little arguing;
2. Listening well;
3. Avoiding searching for shortcomings;
4. Covering mistakes;
5. Finding excuses;
6. Patience when annoyed;
7. Blaming one’s own self;
8. Seeing one’s own fault rather than other people’s faults;
9. Having a beaming face with the young and the old;
10. Saying kind words to those who are below and above one (with regards to religious knowledge, righteousness, social status, and so forth).”
[Al-Ihyaa, vol.3, p.77]

Weekly Jumuah Special: How Remembering Death Can Make You More Productive

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by Khawlah bint Yayha

In last week’s Jumuah special I shared some gems of advice on how to deal with stress and worries in Islam. But I excluded one tip— a tip from the Prophet [saws] himself to us, a tip that’s a true stress buster, a wake up call, and a great piece of productivity advice. What is this tip?

Remember more often the destroyer of pleasures— death. [The Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) on the authority of Abu Hurairah]

Looking at the faces of our brothers and sisters in Syria, Gaza, and many more places, as they carry their lifeless children in their arms, begs the question: What is the difference between them and us?

When you ask them, most of these men, women, and even children say: We live with death on our doorstep. Literally any moment a bomb can drop on their houses.

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says, Wheresoever you may be, death will overtake you even if you are in a fortress built up strong and high. [Quran 4: 78].

Have you ever thought about the day that you’ll die? If so, how did you act on this thought?

Today we’ll discuss how remembering death can make you more productive in your life.

Are you Scared of Death?

Fear of death is a feeling affecting most people. We fear the unknown, and Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) made death a part of the unseen, a thing having to do with the soul, which remains a mystery to us. An example is a youth, full of energy, who all of a sudden drops dead. His limbs come to a complete standstill and his book of deeds is closed. If you’ve had a loved one pass away, you know the feeling; suddenly they’re just not there anymore.

The Believer

If you’re a believer and you think positively of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala you’ll realise that by your death you’re returning to a generous and a merciful Lord Who will reward you for good deeds with good things and Who will pardon your bad deeds with His mercy and forgiveness. This will happen only if you’re a believer who trusts in Allah and if your heart is humble before Him. He is the Accepter of repentance.

Why Life and Death?

The purpose of our creation is nothing but to worship Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala . How do we know this? Because Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala tells us this in His book. But what is the reason why Allah created life and death specifically?

Allah says in Surah al Mulk, ayah 2: He who has created death as well as life, so that He might put you to a test which of you is best in conduct, and [make you realize that] He alone is almighty, truly forgiving.

Here  the clear answer is this: life and death are a test to see who among us would strive to be the best in deeds.

What is one of the differences between this world and Paradise? In this life there is death, while in the Hereafter there is no death. The inhabitants of Jannah will live forever. But on the flip side, those who are in the hellfire will also live forever. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) save us from this terrible fate.

This takes us to the following question: what are we doing in this life to prepare for a death that will lead us to an eternal life?

Are You Ready to Meet Allah?

Ibn al-Mubaarak said that Saalih Al-Mariy used to say, If the remembrance of death leaves me for an hour my heart becomes spoilt.

Imagine Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) takes your soul before you finish reading this article. Are you ready?

Do you know that your children will inherit the good and the bad that you leave behind? What kind of example are you giving?

Our ultimate goal is to be on such a level that when we die we know that we couldn’t have done more good deeds. Abdur-Rahman ibn Mahdee said, If Hammaad bin Salamah is told, ‘You will die tomorrow.’ He will not be able to increase anything in his deed, because his time is full of worship and remembrance of Allaah.’

So How Do You Prepare for Death?

The best way to prepare for death is life. Living your life in a good way is how you prepare for death. Remember the meaning of the ayah of Surah al Mulk: life and death is a test to see who is best in deeds.

So sitting back and being scared to die is not the way to remember death as the Prophet [Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam] advised you. The productive way to prepare is to make remembering death soften your hard heart, to make remembering death an inspiration for you to leave bad habits and let the thought of death motivate you to do the best you can.

We prepare for death by keeping our promises, by helping people in need, and by being good to our families.

Become productive by remembering death!

It is said that, Whoever frequently remembers death is honoured with three things: quick repentance, contentment, and energy for acts of worship; and whoever forgets death is punished with three things: delayed repentance, lack of contentment, and laziness in acts of worship.

Now look at yourself: are you often delaying your repentance and remaining unhappy with what you have? Do you feel too lazy to pray? All of these are signs that you don’t remember death in a productive way.

Three tips on how to remember death in a productive way:

1.      Think about death and hasten to repent.
If you’re always thinking about death, you’ll think about the Hereafter and repent to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala).

2.      Think about death and be content with a little.
If you often remember death you know this world is just temporary, so the problems of the world don’t get to you.

3.      Think about death and get energy to worship.
If death is constantly on your mind your heart feels the need to be pure, so that you can meet Allah (swt) with a pure heart.

Allah says: The day on which neither wealth nor sons will be of any use, except for whoever brings to Allah a sound heart. [Quran, 26:88-89]

An Ayah of Priorities!

Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) says, Until when death comes to one of them, he says, ‘My Lord send me back.’ [Quran, 23:99].

Qataadah said while commenting on this verse,  By Allah, he would not wish by this statement to go back to his family and wealth nor to collect the good things of this world and satisfy his desires. He would rather wish to go back and do acts of obedience to Allah.

SubhanAllah, there it is, those are your priorities laid out for you!

May we be of those who love to meet Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and whom Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) loves to meet. Ameen.

Homework:

Let’s learn something together and memorize a dua’ which has to do with life and death, which you should say every night before you go to sleep:

“Bismika            Allaahumma       amootu       wa     ahyaa.”

In Your Name         O Allah              I die           and     I live.

Make it a habit and say it every night from now on insha’Allah!

Pray you will benefit,

~ Khawlah bint Yahya, United Kingdom

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Are the Children Wrong, Or Are You Just Angry?

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We don’t see and hear ourselves when we are angry, especially when dealing with our kids. We shout, scream, and say things that are considered very mean in an adult world. It’s true that we are tired beyond belief, enraged, and torn apart, but kids only exhaust us because they are so full of energy themselves. Hence, we are unable to keep up. They are hardly responsible for our meltdown, but they tend to pay a price for that as well.

I know most of us mothers can relate to the above scenario except for those who are truly patient. It’s not easy at all, so may Allah multiply their reward in this world and the next as well. Aameen.

I don’t realize the intensity of my behavior until I see someone else doing the same, and immediately I find myself in them. Alhamdulillah! He notifies us before we could think bad about others or before we even try to implant that mustard seed of arrogance in our hearts. What a mercy of Allah! Indeed, He is The Ever-Watching and The Wise!

I realize the severity of my rage when I hear mothers shouting at the tops of their voices. I can hear them despite the fact that we don’t share the same house and sometimes are not even immediate neighbors.

So I would like to highlight a few important points (reminding myself first):

  1. Soft words

A few sound decibels are enough to teach kids and make them understand that they need to listen to you. Use a tone that can reach their ears softly. When you shout so loud that the neighbors can hear as well, then it will hardly enter the kid’s heart, mind, or even soul. A firm tone is enough with the proper choice of words.

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘Kindness is not to be found in anything but that it adds to its beauty, and it is not withdrawn from anything, but it makes it defective.’ [Muslim]

  1. Patience

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘Teach your children to pray when they are seven years old, and smack them (lightly) if they do not do so when they are ten.’ [Abu Dawood]

The hadith clearly teaches us to remind continuously with love for five times a day in three whole years— approximately 5475 times!

Do we have the capacity to be patient more than 5475 times over a simple matter? Do we teach with love? Is our rage more important than the value and command of Allah?

  1. Kindness

Being harsh towards children is against our human nature and religion. Parents are the first role models for their kids. They look up to them in times of distress and confusion. If we fail to give them comfort, they will seclude themselves and find refuge somewhere else— be it right or wrong.

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘The one who does not show mercy will not be shown mercy.’  [Bukhari]

  1. Zulm

Allah commands justice [and] the doing of good. [Quran, 16:90]

It was narrated from Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, narrating from Allah, may He be glorified and exalted: ‘O My slaves, I have forbidden zulm to Myself, and I have made it haraam among you, so do not wrong one another.’ [Muslim]

Zulm in Arabic means:

  • Lack of fairness
  • The act or instance of oppressing
  • Cruel or harsh treatment
  • An extreme or shocking violation of others’ rights
  1. Model:

Kids see, kids do! Imagine how would you feel seeing your kid doing the same? It is the best way to realize our mistakes.

We need to comprehend and internalize these aspects so that they can become our habits for the sake of Allah, in sha Allah.

May Allah make us mothers worthy enough to raise an ummah that strives to think, feel and do everything for the sake of our Rabb, Allah s.w.t.

Ameen.

Author Ayesha Farooq is the co-founder of AYEINA. She’s a soul juggling between the roles of a mother, wife, daughter in law, and student of deen and dunya. And with a hint of space in-between, she occupies herself with arts and crafts, photography, writing her heart out, and sewing. She keeps looking for more to do and explore. Always in search of contentment, finding it nowhere else but in Allah.