QByte – Journalling the Qur’an – 7:158

Sura Al Nisa – verse 158

“Say oh human beings. Indeed I am the messenger of Allah to all of you. And I am a messenger from Him whose is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. There is no god but He. He brings to life and He causes to die.”

Here we are supposed to follow him, do his ittibaa, so that we may walk in the right way. So we may be guided.

What is ittibaa? If you imagine somebody walking on the sand with their footprints, and you following them and putting your feet exactly in the same place where their footprints were, that is ittibaa. Ittibaa is closely following somebody in that way. It is therefore following closely, looking and taking guidance in absolutely everything from Allah and his messenger.

QByte – Journalling the Qur’an – 4:174

Sura Al Nisa – verse 174

“O human beings, indeed there has come to you a decisive proof, a manifest truth from you Rabb and we have also sent down to you a clear light, a clarifying light.”

Burhan is something that is so decisive that it’s undefeatable and this refers to the Prophet (pbuh). While, the noor refers to the Qur’an. So here, it is talking about the Qur’an and the masumeen, which are clear evidence of right and wrong. These are the two that we use for guidance to success.

QByte – Journalling the Qur’an – 4:1

Sura Al Nisa verse 1

“Oh people, be God-conscious of your Master, who created you from a single being, and created its partner, and spread from them many men and women. Be God-conscious, by He who demands your rights of one another, and He who enjoins rights towards others and especially womb relations, the ties of relationships; surely Allah ever watches over you.” So here, there is a particular emphasis to uphold the rights of human beings, especially womb relations.

Risalatul Huquq, the treatise of rights, written by Imam Zaynul Abideen talks about the responsibilities that one has towards others.

QByte – Journalling the Qur’an – 2:21 and 2:168

In aya 21 Allah says, “Oh human beings, serve your Rabb, who created you and those before you so that you may be God-conscious.” Now the word here is, “ibada”.  It is that which encompasses every action which one does for the pleasure of Allah, and thus we nourish the nafs. In simple words, ibada is those acts which connect us to Allah.

Aya 168 of Suratul Bawara says, “Oh human beings, eat the lawful and good things of what is in the Earth. Don’t follow the footsteps of Shaitan – he is your open enemy.” So this highlights, do we have halal sustenance in all spheres of our life? Is everything we eat lawful and good? Do we follow the advice of the Prophet about what ot eat, for example, and what not to eat?

QByte – Ahlul Janna

A profile of those who are Ahlul Janna

  1. They manifest their belief through good deeds.
  2. They strive to achieve their goals.
  3. They do not display any arrogance.
  4. They have no ill feelings towards anyone.
  5. They do not commit injustice.
  6. They are absolutely sure about the words of divinity.
  7. They have absolute trust in Him.
  8. They do not hoard.
  9. They don’t belittle others.
  10. They focus on reaching their full potential until their last breath.
  11. They have self-esteem, but with that they have humility.
  12. They are God-conscious.
  13. They have an ability to admit mistakes and make a U-turn – that is tawbah.
  14. They have an ability to exude peace wherever they go.
  15. They love their work. That means they make intelligent career choices.
  16. They are very people-oriented.
  17. They’re consistent.
  18. They recognise the rights of parents and children; they are very family-orientated.
  19. They are quick to ask His forgiveness.
  20. They recognise errors and are willing to change.
  21. They fulfill their promises.
  22. They enrich the lives of others without expecting a tangible return – their expectations are only from their Rabb.

QByte – Qur’an Journalling – Fever & Memory

When someone has a temperature, it is recommended to  put your hand on their forehead and recite verse 69 of Sura Al Anbiya. It is also recommended to recite Sura Al Asr (103) and Sura Al Shams (91) on water and be able to drink it. 

For memory improvement
Recite seven times after every wajib salaa, the extract from Sura Taha, aya 114, “My rabb, increase me in knowledge”.

The concept here, is not to increase my knowledge, but increase me, make me a better person through the knowledge I have. It says, “increase in me” – make me greater with what I have. 

 

QByte – Qur’an Journalling – Illness

VERSE OF THE QUR’AN TO BE RECITED WHEN ILL

 “And when I am sick, then He restores me to health”
Sura Al Shu’ara 26:80

A statement made by Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) in describing Allah.
This does not mean that you do not seek a cure for your illness. It means that the principle cure and the cause of the cure is only Divinity. This is because the existence, the subsistence and the effect of the agent of the cure is entirely by His will and permission.

Another thing that is powerful towards curing an illness, is the giving of sadaqa.

Illness is also a means of reflection. The Prophet is reported to have said; “I’m so surprised at the mu’min and his apprehension during his illnesses when he knows that there is a reward for him in that illness, if only he understood, he’d actually love to be ill, until he meets his Rabb.”

Visiting those who are ill carries many benefits.

Imam Baqir says that among the things that Prophet Musa whispered to his Rabb was, “Ya Rabbi, tell me the extent of reward that a person who visits the sick would get.” And Allah says “Oh Musa, I will entrust an angel over him. The one who visits the sick until the day he goes to his grave, not only that, until the day of Qiyama, 70,000 angels escort him when he visits the sick and they will seek his forgiveness, or forgiveness for him until he returns back to his house.”

To summarise, when we are ill, we will seek out duwa and dua. We will give sadaqa and we will also see it as a means of thanks, as we can see what life is about and we will search for the cause of our illness. And when somebody else is ill, we will raise our hands in dua for them, visit them, and see how we can alleviate their difficulties.

 

QByte – Qur’an City – Introduction to Journalling the Qur’an

INTRODUCTION
Connecting with the  words of Divinity is important to every human being.
In essence, it is about reading it, and then responding to it by putting it in writing, and obtain insights from the Qur’an. It prompts one to relate what we’re reading in the Qur’an to our lives in different ways and thus bring us closer to this most awesome book.

WHAT IS QUR’AN JOURNALLING?
The first word revealed to humankind in the Qur’an was ‘IQRA’ (Read) and the words continued in Suratul ‘Alaq  to say that He (Allah) taught with the pen.

Allazhee ‘allama bil qalam”  96:4

Putting pen to paper is to remember and record the ayaat (verses), making them stand out. The essential thing to remember is that journalling is about reflecting on the words of Allah.

Afalaa yatatabbarunal Qur’ana am ‘alaa qulubin aqfaaluhaa” 47:24
Why do they not ponder over the Qur’an or do they have locks on their hearts.

HOW TO BEGIN?

As you read the Qur’an, allow the words of `Allah to speak to your soul.

Look for an aya or ayaat that interest you or you may have learned about in a  lecture or simply one that speaks to you. Read it with the translation to get an overview, repeating it as many times as necessary to internalize it.

Ask yourself some questions:

  1. What does the aya/ayaat say?
  2. When was it revealed?
  3. How does it relate to my life?
  4. How do I follow it?
  5. Which words should I emphasise?
  6. How can I express the meaning visually?

It could simply be by highlighting the aya/ayaat. Or it could be by illustration.

For eg. Aya 66:12 of Suratul Tahreem says: “Rabbibniy liy ‘indaka baytan fil Janna”
Rabb, build for me a house with You in Janna.

The aya could be highlighted and a house drawn near it.

The focus of Qur’an journalling is not the art but rather the significance of the aya and what it means to you.

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TO GET YOU STARTED

Aya to be recited for a broken heart – Sura Al Ra’ad 13:28 –

 “Those who believe and whose hearts are at rest by the remembrance of Allah surely it is by the remembrance of Allah that hearts are set to rest.”

The aya is saying that when you feel distressed, or when your heart feels broken, or when you are stressed, then the only way to calm it down is by the remembrance of Allah. What better than to recite the Qur’an?
You would draw a little broken heart near 13:28 and highlight the verse.

QByte – Qur’an City – Qasam Place

17 suwer of the Qur’an begin with oaths, where God swears by various aspects of creation. An oath is normally used to convince the listener about the truthfulness and/or importance of what one is saying. In this case the speaker is Divinity who is Truth itself, therefore the oath is making a focus on the subject that it is swearing by and its following ayaat. (Arabs used to swear on random objects to draw the attention of people). The suwer are:

37. Al-Saffat
51. Al-Dhariyat
52. Al-Tur
53. Al-Najm
75. Al-Qiyama
77. Al-Mursalat
79. Al-Nazi’at
85. Al-Buruj
86. Al-Tariq
89. Al-Fajr
90. Al-Balad
91. Al-Shams
92. Al-Layl
93. Al-Dhuha
95. Al-Tin
100. Al-‘Adiyat
103. Al-‘Asr
93. Al-Dhuha and 94. Al-Inshirah form a pair and therefore Suratul Inshira has been placed near Qasam Close (across the road) so that it can be with its partner.

QByte – Qur’an City – Huruful Muqatta’aat

Huruful Muqatta’aat are unique letter combinations that appear in the beginning of 29 suwer of the Qur’an. The word Muqatta’aat is derived from the word ‘qata’a’ meaning to cut abbreviate. They are also known as fawātih or ‘openers’ as they form the opening ayaat of their respective suwer.

Fourteen letters exactly half of the 28 letters of Arabic are found in 14 different combinations occurring singly or in combinations of 2,3,4 or 5.

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Many have tried to make observations in order to identify a pattern.

Some views of scholars are:

  • Might be part of God’s challenge
  • It may have been to capture the attention of those who disbelieved in the Qur’an
  • Could refer to the names of the Qur’an or the chapters of the Qur’an
  • They may be abbreviations to the attributes of Divinity

HURUFUL MUQATTA’AAT & ASMAUL HUSNA A’MAAL

Huruful Muqatta'aat & Asmaul Husna A'maal
Huruful Muqatta’aat & Asmaul Husna A’maal

QByte – The Qur’an

SOME FACTS ABOUT THE QUR’AN

The word Qur’an comes from the root word kara’a, which means to recite something loudly. 86 chapters of the Qur’an are Makki, which means it was revealed in Makka (before Hijra). This constitutes 2/3 of the Qur’an. Whilst 28 chapters are Madani – revealed in Madina.

Makki chapters are short and rhythmic and lay a foundation of belief. Most the verses that begin with “Ya ayyuhan naas” – “O people!” can be found in Makki chapters. They are predominantly to do with eimaan; tawheed (monotheism), risala (guidance) & qiyama (accountability).

Monotheism takes us to our full potential through the agency of guidance and accountabilioty keeps us in check.

Madani chapters have longer verses, which mainly constitute laws of various form such as life laws, social and legal responsibilities, governance and furu.

The Qur’an constitutes of :

  • 6236 verses
  • 77807 words
  • 540 ruku’aat

The Qur’an has 4 wajib sajadat

  • Sura Al Sajda (32)
  • Sura Hamim Sajda (41)
  • Sura Al Najm (53)
  • Sura Al Alaq (96)

And finally, it is not a ceremonial book. It is a living entity, which will not allow one to enter it without intellectual humility.

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QByte – Qur’an City – Suratul Inshirah

Al Inshirah (94)

FOCUS
Divine relief to the Prophet for the hardship in conveying the prophetic message which could afford no cpmplacency

DID YOU KNOW?
The sura is also called Al Sharh (to clarify something)
The expansion of the chest is a phrase used to connote breathing easily upon seeing one’s beloved. Here it is to breathe easily and inhale the fragrance of divine truth in totality.

Laylatul Qadr – Sura Al Rum

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If recited with Suratul ‘Ankabut (29) on Laylatul Qadr, then guaranteed entry into Janna and Imam Sadiq (pbuh) says that he does not fear Allah will record a sin against him for giving these 2 suras such a status

The sura derives it’s name from the prophecy of the victory of the Romans over the Persians. The prophecy was made at a time when there were no signs of hope of any victory for the Romans. It was also accompanies by a prophecy of the victory of the Muslims over the Quraysh of Makka.

The sura deals with the rise and fall of temporal power.

The human being is invited to reflect upon the fate of those who belied and ridiculed the Messengers sent by Allah and those who disobeyed His laws.

Ramadhan – Will of Imam Ali (pbuh)

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Some extracts from the will of Imam Ali (pbuh) to ponder on:

  • I advise you, and all my children, my relatives, and whosoever receives this message, to be conscious of Allah, to remove your differences, and to strengthen your ties. I heard your grandfather, peace be upon him, say: “Reconciliation of your differences is more worthy than all prayers and all fasting.”
  • Remain attached to the Qur’an. Nobody should surpass you in being intent on it, or more sincere in implementing it.
  • Be in awe of Allah in relation to your salaa. It is the pillar of your religion
  • Maintain communication and exchange of opinion among yourselves. Beware of disunity and enmity.
  • Persist in striving in the cause of Allah, with your money, your souls, and your tongue.

Ramadhan – Imam Ali (pbuh)

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REFLECTING ON THE WORDS OF IMAM (pbuh)

‘When a word comes from the heart, it falls onto the heart; but when it comes from the tongue, it will go no further than the ears’

‘The intelligent person seeks perfection whilst the ignorant person seeks possession’

Silence that puts the garment of dignity on you is better than words that bring you remorse’

There is no good in worship without pondering upon its meaning, and no good in reading the Quran without reflection’

‘Your remedy is within you — but you do not sense it.
Your sickness is within you — but you do not perceive it.
You presume that you are a small entity –
whereas within you is concealed the vast world.
You are indeed that magnificent book –
by whose alphabet the hidden becomes evident.
Therefore you have no needs beyond yourself
Your essence and secrets are in you — if only you can reflect’

Ramadhan – Words of Imam Ali (pbuh)

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WORDS OF IMAM ALI (PBUH)

  • “No honour is nobler than humility and kindness.”
  • About himself he prayed, “O Lord forgive me for my mistakes the people are not aware of.”
  • His opponents created enmity with him, wronged him, spoke ill of him and came to fight with him still people heard him saying,“Oblige your brothers by warning them, correct them by showing favours and giving them favours.” He said , “You should tie the knot of love and affection with your brother, remembering that your brother is not strong enough to break the knot nor is he capable of harming you.”
  • When the people advised him to treat the oppressors (who had become very strong in the previous regimes) kindly, so that they may not weaken his government, Ali (pbuh) replied, “Your friend is he who saves you from ills and your enemy is he who induces you to do bad deeds. Adopt truthfulness even if you are the loser, and avoid telling lies even if you are profited by it.”

Ramadhan – Battle of Badr

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The 17th of Ramadhan brings one resonating thought “WE WON” – at the battle of Badr with 313 against maybe 10,000….

It is not difficult to picture the battle and see the angels that Divinity sent as reinforcements –

KEY CONCEPTS:

  1. Plan a strategy for every challenge however overwhelming the odds against you

  2. Ask HIM for help just as the Prophet (pbuh) did

  3. Then do your BEST and hand it over to HIM – HE will deal with it

  4. Give 1/5 of the share from your gain…..

  5. And finally – BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL WIN

Ramadhan – Ayyamul Biydh 02

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What is initially understood by light is physical light that comes from lighted objects such as, the sun, the stars, and man-made lamps without which the world would be shrouded in darkness. 

Light is that which is essentially manifest and makes other things manifest and visible as well; it is clear and it makes  clear; it is apparent and it makes  apparent.  

The application of the word light, however, is not limited to physical light. It can be applied to whatever is “manifest and makes manifest” or, put differently, to whatever is “apparent and makes apparent”.  It has the ability to transform.  

We often refer to knowledge as light, for it is in its essence clear and also sheds light on other realities. 

The Qur’an refers to Eiman as light for it illuminates the heart, guiding one to reach his or her  full potential. 

“He who was lifeless, then We gave him life and provided him with a light by which he walks among the people…” 6:122

So  in a nutshell to energise ourselves especially in this month we need to interact with the frequencies of the Qur’an & the Ma’sumeen and be transformed by them…..

Ramadhan – Ayyamul Biydh 01

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Imam as-Sadiq (pbuh) has said “Whosever prays during the nights of Ayyamul Biydh stands at the door of the abundant favours and bounties”. 

 The recommended dua is Dua Al Mujeer.

It is a means for forgiveness of   sins even if they are equal to raindrops, leaves on a tree or sand in a desert. 

This Dua was revealed to the  prophet (pbuh) when he was praying  at Maqam-e-Ibrahim.  

Other benefits of the Dua are:

  1. Cure for sickness 
  2. Alleviation of debt 
  3. Increase in sustenance 
  4. Independence 
  5. Solution of problems 
  6. Removal of sorrows

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Ramadhan – Legacy of Sayyida Khadija (pbuh)

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KHADIJA

She who captured the heart of Rasulullah (pbuh) and was the love of his life – 

  1. What was it about the Prophet (pbuh) that inspired such love that she laid her life’s work at his feet?
  2. What energised her to take him food every day to the cave where he meditated ? (And she didn’t have funky trainers) Whenever I look at that mountain, I think of her climbing up to take him lunch?
  3. What was it about him that she forsook the ‘respect’ the Makkans (her people, her community) had for her – She was titled ‘Malikatul Arab’?

That is Khadija – she saw him reflect divinity… and in essence that is what life is about – To manifest the attributes of Allah. Did the Prophet (pbuh) not say?

“Takhalluqu bi akhlaqillah” (Adopt in yourself the akhlaq of Allah”

Take home message is: If you want to be loved then manifest the Asmaul Husna…. If you want to love then seek Divinity in him/her…

That is the legacy of Khadija (pbuh)

Ramadhan – Wafat of Sayyida Khadija (pbuh)

SAYYIDA KHADIJA (pbuh) 

Listed below a few aspects of her awesomeness:

  • Successful business woman known as the Queen of ‘Arabia 
  • Employed Rasulullah (pbuh) to head the trade caravans based on his experience of trade markets with Abu Talib as mentor and his reputation of being Truthful & Trustworthy
  • Impressed with his awesomeness, asked her fried Nafisa to initiate marriage proposal.
  • Abu Talib read nikah, placed black turban on Rasulullah’s head (thus Sayyids wear black turbans) and gave him a green aqeeq ring.  
  • First to believe in Rasulullah (pbuh) 
  • First to pray behind him
  • THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE
  • Mother of Sayyida Fatima Zahra (pbuh)
  • Her wealth sustained his mission but when she died he didn’t have enough funds to buy a shroud (Jibrail brings one)

Ramadhan 10 – Fasting 02

DEGREES OF FASTING

1. Jurisprudential Fasting

Refraining  from what they must jurisprudentially such as eating, drinking….etc.

2. Ethical Fasting

Here it is refraining not only  from what is jurisprudentially mentioned, but they also observe an ethical fasting too.  Such noble fasters let their eyes, ears and all other body parts fast against whatever which is regarded in religion as Haram.

3. Mystical Fasting

Detaching oneself  from anything that does not remind one of Divinity.  It is a  state of absolute detachment and total  servitude to God. This is called  the fasting of Haqiqa (Reality).

Ramadhan 09 – Fridays in the month of Ramadhan

JUMUA’ IN RAMADHAN

Its Rahma raining from the heavens (and because of Ramadhan an absolute downpour)… 

Some of the recommended ‘amal for the day of Jumua’

  1. Recite Suratul Jumua’ in the first rakat of Fajr salaa and Suratul Ikhlas in the second.
  2. Recite Suratur Rahmaan after the ta’qibaat of Salatul Fajr.
  3. Recite salawat as much as possible
  4. Recite Suratul Ikhlas as much as you can
  5. Recite Ayatul Kursi as many times as possible from Fajr to Dhuhr.
  6. Do ghusl of Jumua’. It is recommended to do ghusl between Fajr and Dhuhr (as near to the time of Dhur as possible). Rasulullah (pbuh) said to Imam Ali (pbuh): “Ya Ali! Do ghusl on Friday even if it means that by purchasing the water you will have to give up a day’s food for there is no better good deed than it.”
  7. Cut nails, trim hair, wear neat clean clothes and apply perfume.
  8. Eat a pomegranate for sehri if possible. 
  9. Utilise time in learning about religion.
  10. Visit the graves of relations and mu’mineen.
  11. Recite Dua An-Nudba
  12. Do Istighfaar after Salatul ‘Asr 70x
  13. The day of Jumua’ is associated with Imam Mahdi (pbuh). He was born on a Friday and his zhuhur will be on a Friday. It is recommended to give sadaqa on Friday for his safety and remember him in earnest.

Ramadhan 08 – Thursdays in the month of Ramadhan

THURSDAYS IN THE MONTH OF RAMADHAN

Imam Muhammad Al-Baqir (pbuh): “As soon as the sun sets and Friday begins, Allah orders an angel to announce ‘Is there any mu’min who before the night ends ask for safety in this world and peace in the aakhira so I may grant it? Is there anyone who turns to me in tawba so I may forgive? Is there anyone who is in distress? Who is seeking livelihood, or seeks health in illness, or freedom in captivity, or gain in times of loss? I will grant whatever is asked for if I am called upon tonight?’”

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • To recite as may times as possible, Tasbihate ‘Arbaa
  • Salawat
  • Suratul Jumua’ in the first rakaat for salatul Maghrib and suratul Ikhlas in the second rakaat. 
  • In  salatul Eisha, suratul Jumua’ in the first rakaat and suratul A’laa in the second.
  • Dua Kumayl
  • Recitation of Qur’an
  • Remembering the Marhumeen

Ramadhan 07 – Fasting 01

DID YOU KNOW?

The English word ‘fast’ comes from the Tentonic ‘Fastan’ which means firm (in the sense of observing something strictly – to the letter of the law). 

It  is associated with the abstinence of food. 

The ancient Egyptians, Romans and Chinese fasted to cure various illnesses. The Egyptians believed that to maintain physical and mental health, one should fast for three days in a month. They also fasted before battle and the Greeks and Romans followed suit believing it to energise them.

Socrates and Plato were known to have fastd for 10 day durations.

The Jews fast 6 days in a year – one of them being Yom Kippur (The day of atonement). 

Studies show that just three days of fasting reboots the immune system and even helps in reducing the harmfful effects of chemotherapy.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10878625/Fasting-for-three-days-can-regenerate-entire-immune-system-study-finds.html

The word for fasting used in the Qur’an is ‘sawm’ and is used some twelves times. Four of these refer to the command of fasting in the month of Ramadan,  five deal with fasting as an expiation for a wrong deed or compensation for omission of wajibat. 

One praises the act of fasting and one refers to the fast of  Sayyida Maryam during her vow of silence.

Ramadhan 06 – Extract from Dua of Abu Hamza Thimali

Abu Hamza Thimali  was a companion of Imam Zaynul Aabedeen (pbuh) and learnt this dua from him.

Abu Hamza was his kuniyya. His name was Saabit bin Dinaar. Imam Ali Ar-Ridha (pbuh) has said that Abu Hamza was the Salman of his time. He served 4 Aimma – Imam Ali Zaynul Aabedeen (pbuh), Imam Muhammad Al-Baqir (pbuh), Imam Ja’fer As-Sadiq (pbuh) and for a short time Imam Musa Al-Kadhim (pbuh).

Imam Sadiq (pbuh) once sent for him and when he presented himself in Imam’s presence, Imam told him: “O Abu Hamza! I get comfort and relief when I see you.”

It is reported that Abu Hamza had a young daughter who once fell and broke a bone in her hand. Abu Hamza was grieved at seeing his daughter in pain and wept pleading to Allah to make her better. When the young child was taken to the doctor to set the bones and bandage her hand, he could not find anything wrong. He remarked that it is surely the dua of Abu Hamza that cured the little girl.

Dua of Abu Hamza Thumali

Ramadhan 05 – Suhoor & Iftaar

SO WHAT DO YOU START AND BREAK YOUR FAST WITH?

It is highly recommended to have suhur (sehri) even if it is only a glass of water. The Prophet (pbuh) used to have dry dates and Al-Sawiq’ (a dish made from cracked wheat or barley mixed with dates and sugar)

The Prophet (pbuh) broke his fast with fresh dates  if in season, or dry dates, raisins, or something sweet. If none of these were available then he would break his fast with luke warm water.

Find out the importance of suhoor and iftaar and recommended recitations during these times

Ramadhan 04 – Preparation & 1st night

Preparation for the month of Ramadhan & recommended a’maal for the first night

If you get the opportunity to see the new moon, raised our hands in dua asking  for forgiveness, direction and the ability to reach our best..

Recite Suratul Fatiha 7x for protection of eyes (physical pain and so that they never cry in pain)

Preparations should be about Qur’an, dua and the opportunity to feed others.

Make your Ramadhan’s legacies for yourselves  and your friends and families to look back on and draw strength from

(Ramadhan is not just about Iftar)

Ramadhan 02 – Sermon of the Prophet – part 2

SERMON GIVEN BY THE PROPHET (PBUH) ON THE LAST NIGHT OF SHA’BAN ABOUT THE MONTH OF RAMADHAN

O people!

Indeed in this month the doors of Janna are open, therefore ask Allah not to close them for you; The doors of Jahannam are closed,so ask Allah to keep them closed for you.

During this month Shaytan is imprisoned; so ask your Lord not to let him have power over you.

Imam Ali (pbuh)  says that I stood up and asked: “O Prophet !  What are the best deeds during this month?”

The Prophet (pbuh)  replied: “Stopping oneself from doing those deeds which are forbidden by Allah…”

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Ramadhan 01 – Sermon of the Prophet – part 1

SERMON GIVEN BY THE PROPHET (PBUH) ON THE LAST NIGHT OF SHA’BAN ABOUT THE MONTH OF RAMADHAN

O people! Indeed ahead of you is the blessed month of Allah.

A month of blessing, mercy and forgiveness.

A month which to Allah is the best of months, its days the best of days, its nights the best of nights and its hours the best of hours.

It is the month which invites you to be the guests of Allah and invites you to be one of those near to Him.

Each breath you take glorifies Him; your sleep is worship, your deeds are accepted  and your duas are answered.

So, ask Allah, your Lord; to give you a sound body and an enlightened heart so you may be able to fast and recite his book, for only he is unhappy who is devoid of Allah’s forgiveness during this great month.

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Laylatul Qadr – Sura Al-Ankabut

A summary:

The sura is divided into 8 sections  (remember the 8 legs of the spider)

Its message revolves around afflictions or tests necessary to test one’s faith.

  1. The first section alludes to physical, emotional & social afflictions
  2. The second section reminds of the tests of past prophets
  3. The name of the sura comes from this section and warns against the flimsiness of relying on other that Divinity
  4. The solution lies in the Qur’an and Salaa
  5. When interacting with the Ahlul Kitab there is a necessity to do so with commonalities
  6. A warning against defiance
  7. When it gets impossible to survive in a situation then His earth is vast and migration (Hijra)  is necessary. A reminder that every soul will taste death.
  8. Finally, it is He who sustains and protects and for us is to strive to do

Preparation for Laylatul Qadr – part 3

PRACTICAL TIPS FOR LAYLATUL QADR

  1. Get to know who YOU really are and what YOU really want. Verbalise it and keep on talking to HIM.
  2.  As for forgiveness until you are forgived out….
  3. Find a Mujibud Da’wat (Someone who cares for you enough to pray for your hajat). Someone you can confide in.
  4. Make an effort by the 23rd to know the basics of the Qur’an and a short biodata of the 14 Ma’sumeen.
  5. Reach for the stars…..
  6. Remember each other in your duas