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Ramadan : Give it the Right it Deserves

Benefits from Shaikh al-Fawzan | Ref: Khutub al-Minbariyyah, vol. 5. pp. 259-262 Take advantage of this month, may Allaah show you mercy, because for many of you it will not return. So grasp this opportunity with whatever ability Allaah has given you – and with whatever endeavor He (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) has facilitated for you from acts of obedience, and encouragement for you. So recognize the status of this month, and give it the right is deserves by obeying Allaah, the Most High. Increase in supplications, and in seeking His forgiveness and in repenting to Him, for the arrival of this month is good for the Muslim. So if a Muslim strives in the obedience Read more ...

“There Are Times Where My Heart Feels Clouded”

Al-Agharr al-Muzani, who was one amongst the Companions (of the Holy Prophet) reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: "There are times where my heart feels clouded (innahu la yughanu ‘ala qalbi); and I seek Allah’s forgiveness a hundred times a day." [Muslim, Sahih, no.2702] Istighfar or “seeking forgiveness” of Allah is not simply confined to when we commit sins. Rather, courtesy (adab) towards Allah requires us to feel a sense of shyness (haya) before Allah on account of committing what He considers disliked (makruh) too; even when no sin has been committed. At a loftier level of faith, those who are distracted from Allah, Read more ...

The Excellence of the Remembrance of Allah

Allah, the Exalted, says: "And the remembering (praising) of (you by) Allah (in front of the angels) is greater indeed [than your remembering (praising) of Allah in prayers]'' [Quran, 29:45] "Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying). I will remember you.'' [Quran, 2:152] "And remember your Rubb by your tongue and within yourself, humbly and with fear and without loudness in words, in the mornings and in the afternoons, and be not of those who are neglectful.'' [Quran, 7:205] "And remember Allah much, that you may be successful.'' [Quran, 62:10] "Verily, the Muslims (those who submit to Allah in Islam) men and women... (up to)... And Read more ...

Ramadan : Dua for Forgiveness of your Brother

Pray to Allah subhanahu ta’ala for forgiveness of your brother. Photo Courtesy : Salahuddin Muhammad Iqbal

Pray to Allah subhanahu ta’ala for forgiveness of your brother.
Photo Courtesy : Salahuddin Muhammad Iqbal

Ramadan : But I don’t want Forgiveness!!

  For almost every one of us, there’s something we know we need to change but simply won’t. How we think we know ourselves and our intentions, but really, we don’t. But in Ramadan, a lot of unpleasant things come to surface because the devils are chained and the depths of our hearts are exposed. Yet most of us still manage to wriggle out of obedience to Allah, and the excuses abound… but in each excuse, there’s one key component that’s missing. Allah. I don’t mean His name is absent. For most of us, it’s actually Allah’s name we use to justify our wrong. Allah is Forgiving. Allah knows my heart. Allah’s my judge… Or our Read more ...

O Allah, Protect Us from Ourselves

Anyone who looks around modern society will quickly notice the many blessings of technology and scientific advancement. As Muslims we recognize that these are blessings from our beloved Creator who provided us with the means to achieve peace and success. We also see, as a result of people straying from God and His message, the ugly side of modernity. Without divine guidance, the evils of seeking power and open indulgence in our desires have led to major individual as well as societal corruption. A true believer realizes that he or she is in need of detailed guidance as well as the forgiveness of God to protect himself from his own ego and carnal desires. As Read more ...

Dirty Robe

Imam ibn al-Jawzi was once asked:

“Is it better for me to make Tasbeeh (praise Allah) or to make Istighfaar (seek forgiveness)?”

He replied:

“The dirty robe is more in need of soap than perfume.”

Why were we Created?

Why were we Created? Not just Muslims, but every single human being has to answer the most fundamental question at some point in his or her lifetime: "Why was I created? Why am I here? What am I doing in this world? Why did God create me?" These questions are questions which each and everyone of us reflects on at some point during their life. We have some answers, which are given generally but usually these answers don't satisfy us - seeming somewhat simplistic. So, we still wonder: "Why me? Why here?". I know all of you (Muslims), are saying, "To worship Allah, (that is it.. finish). What more is there to say? Why do we need to have a big long talk on Read more ...

Allah Loves those who do Good

One day, when Ja'far As-Sadiq wanted to perform ablution, he asked his slave to pour water on his hands from a jug. As the slave began to pour out the water, the jug fell onto the face and injured some part of his face,which resulted in Ja'far giving his slave a reproachful look. Fearing punishment, the servant said: “Who repress anger.” * Ja'far reassuringly said, “I have repressed my anger.” “And who pardon men”, * said the slave. “Indeed I pardoned you,” said Ja'far. “Verily Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (the good-doers),” * said the slave expectantly. “Go: You are free for the sake of Allah (Azza-wa-jal), and you may take from Read more ...

Ramadan, in Three Parts

Ramadan means “excessiveness of heat.” It is a great and blessed month where Allah has made it compulsory for fasting. It is a month of patience and reward. It is a month of sympathy with one’s fellowmen. And a month where a believer’s faith is increased. The month of Ramadan has three parts. These parts are called ashra (Arabic for ten) which means of ten days or about one third of the month. The first ten days of Ramadan are days of mercy [Rahmat] ; the second period of ten days is for forgiveness [Maghfirat], and the final period of ten days (or nine days) is for seeking refuge from Hellfire [Nijat]. Read more ...