2015

Is the Dua on Arafah just for those performing Hajj?
Question: Is the answering of the Dua and the virtue of the Dua on the day of Arafah —O Shaykh Salih—specific for those performing Hajj or is it general for others as well?

Shaykh Salih Fawzan: The Dua on the day of Arafah is general for those performing Hajj and others as well, but for those performing Hajj more specifically because they are in a virtuous place, and they are wearing the garment of Ihram and standing on Arafah. Thus the Dua is more affirmed as it relates to them and the virtue is greater for them than it is for those not performing Hajj. As for the rest of the people those who are not performing Hajj then Dua
Dua on Arafah
Dua on Arafah
is also prescribed for them, and they should strive in making Dua on that day so they can share this virtue with their brothers performing Hajj.

And the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
خير الدعاء دعاء عرفة وخير ما قلت أنا والنبيون من قبلي لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له له الملك وله الحمد وهو على كل شيء قدير

The best of supplication is the supplication of the Day of Arafah. And the best of what I and the Prophets before me have said is: None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, alone, without partner, to Him belongs all that exists, and to Him belongs the praise, and He is powerful over all things.
(At-Tirmidhi 3585)

Thus Dua is prescribed on the day of Arafah for those performing Hajj and other than them, but it is more affirmed and more virtuous for those on Hajj due to the rites they are involved in and the great virtuous place they are at. As for the virtue of the time then this is shares by those on Hajj and other than them. As for the place this is specific for those on Hajj while they are standing on Arafah.

Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee


No woman needs to put up with violence from her husband, no fatwa nor Imam will say that. Sometimes culture, fear and the sense of being alone or judged is the reason most woman don’t seek help and or divorce. 
 
If a man uses Islam to justify his violence then he has not understood Islam and worse has said of Allah which he knows not.
Domestic violence against women
Domestic violence against women
To all men who have done this, seek help from Allah first then seek the help of a professional councilor. It’s not embarrassing walking into a marriage and domestic violence councilor rather the embarrassment is when police escort you away from your family and your children looking on. 

May Allah safeguard our sisters and guide our brothers. 

The prophet Muhammad peace be upon him has ordered and advised the husband to be kind and treat well the wife. More so he said that the best of men are those who are kind to their wives. 

أوصى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم بالإحسان إلى الزوجة وإكرامها ، بل جعل خير الناس من يحسن إلى أهله ، فقال : “ خَيْرُكُمْ خَيْرُكُمْ لأَهْلِهِ وَأَنَا خَيْرُكُمْ لأَهْلِي ” رواه الترمذي (3895) وابن ماجه (1977) وصححه الألباني في صحيح الترمذي .

“The best of you are those who are the best to their wives, and I am the best of you to my wives.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3895; Ibn Maajah, 1977

A man came to Ḥasan al-Baṣrī رحمه الله and complained to him about famine and drought so he said to him: ‘Seek forgiveness from Allāh’, then a second man came to him and complained about (his) need and poverty so it was said to him: ‘Seek forgiveness from Allāh’, then a third (man) came to him and complained about lack of offspring so it was said to him: ‘Seek forgiveness from Allāh’, the people were amazed by his answers so (he) explained to them through the understanding of Qur'ān [71:10-12]: 
 
Seek Allāh's Forgiveness
Seek Allāh's Forgiveness
“I said (to them): ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; He will send rain to you in abundance. And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers’.” 

O how beautiful and true this is, may Allāh have mercy upon him, amazing understanding of Allāh’s Speech.

We are about to begin the holiest ten days of the year. Unfortunately many of us don’t realize that these ten days are even holier than the days of Ramadan.
the holiest ten days of the year
the holiest ten days of the year


In a hadeeth, we learn that doing good deeds in these days is more beloved to Allah than ANY other good deeds, except for the deed of sacrificing all of one’s property and life for Allah.


Just imagine what that means! Doing good in these ten days can allow us to reach the highest of the high. It can enter us in the ranks of the righteous, and cause our sins to be forgiven.


Some of the deeds we should do in these days:


1) Hajj (for those fortunate to go!)
2) Dhikr, especially the kalima
3) Fasting, especially on the 9th, for it forgives the sins of the past and future year
4) All other good deeds, such as salat, charity, repentance, reciting Quran, dua, etc.

The stories that make up the surah are:

1. The Seven Sleepers
2. The Owners of the Gardens
3. Moses and Khidr
4. Dhul-Qarnain and his Conquests

 
Surat Al-Kahf stories
Surat Al-Kahf stories

The first story of this surah revolves around time. It doesn’t take too much reflection to understand that the length of a man’s life is his first priority. Man’s first goal is to achieve sustenance to continue his existence on earth. God himself, through the incident of the 7 sleepers, showed how time, and ultimately life, is in the hands of God. It is interesting that God Almighty chose 7 youths to convey this reality. If their physical appearance showed signs of age, this reality would not have made such an impact on those who came across them. It further conveys the idea that a long life isn’t really worth living if one does not possess the freshness and vigor's of youth. 
The next story is that of the Owners of the garden. The primary angle from which this surah expounds on the theme is that of WEALTH. The Quran speaks about how men become so competitive over attaining wealth that they forget who granted them wealth in the first place. Further, they become so deluded into thinking that the wealth they receive is a sign that they are superior, to the extent that even if God and accountability existed, it would only show that God had a certain preference for them, i.e. it was their birth-right. This is how they justify their own actions in light of the call of their own moral conscience. The Quran also speaks about God’s will, just as it did earlier in the surah when saying to the Prophet (S):

The next story, that of Moses and Khidr, discusses another aspect that man desires so heavily, and that is KNOWLEDGE. Moses (AS) boasted that nobody could compete with him (AS) in this respect, so God Almighty, to teach Musa (AS) certain lessons, told him to proceed to Khidr (AS) and follow him for a certain period. An interesting point in this surah is regarding the fish. While Musa (AS) boasted about his knowledge, it was only when he told his servant to bring them some food, and the attendant brought light to the fact that the fish disappeared, did Moses (AS) remember the fish. This is actually an irony, considering Musa (AS) was boasting about his superior knowledge, but he forgot to remember a significant fact regarding the journey. This fact itself was a sign of God that was necessary to the journey in the first place. The Quran also speaks about knowledge from the dimension of patience. Knowledge and Patience go hand in hand. To possess absolute knowledge of the workins behind reality would essentially nullify the purpose of the test. It further prevent mans from cultivating his own moral character. 

The Quran refers to POWER and dominion. This story speaks about the limitations man can achieve in dominion. DHul-Qarnain, despite being a noble and pious person and being blessed by God in his dominion, was also limited in the extent of his conquests. In one conquest, he was halted by a geographical limitation, that of the sea. In another conquest, he came across a people who could not understand the communciations of the King nor could they speak to him. Hhis dominion in this area was essentially useless, despite him having power over the people. As far as Gog and Magog, Dhul-Qarnain could only establish a barrier to prevent the assaults of Dhul-Qarnain, i.e. he could not maintain an army in that regions, and that barrier too, as Dhul-Qarnain pointed out, would ultimately collapse despite being built with the most formidable of materials. When humanity, including Gog and Magog. will be called forth by God, even the barrier that was sent to keep Gog and Magog from passing through the mountains will collapse as the people will spill forth into the regions like waves. Even the strongest of limitations in this world are subject to the will of God. Another interesting aside to this story is that Dhul-Qarnain, despite being an able-king, had to employ the services of the people he was to protect. His army alone could not sufficiently do the job.

So there it is, in summary. The Quran beuatifully summarizes the totality of man’s existence from 4 different angles:

TIME, WEALTH, KNOWLEDGE, POWER
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Before even giving evidence to why music is prohibited in Islam let us ponder over a few questions.. Ask yourself (if you listen to music), how often do you read or listen to the Qur'an? When you are bored with nothing to do, do you turn on your iPod and listen to music or the Qur'an? When you get in your car, do you turn on Kiss100 or play the Qur'an? When you’re walking/traveling on public transport, are you listening to the Qur'an or music?

why music is prohibited in Islam
why music is prohibited in Islam
 When you enter the shower what comes to mind, the Qur'an or music? [As a side point, it is impermissible to recite the Qur'an in the bathroom]. These questions should be pondered over and make you realize if you are neglecting the Qur'an or not. I am not saying the Qur'an is like music. However, what I am saying is that both cannot reside in the heart. Something pure mixed with something impure cannot co-exist. Nothing else is needed to realize why music is problematic. 

Surah Al-Furqan, Verse 30:
وَقَالَ الرَّسُولُ يَا رَبِّ إِنَّ قَوْمِي اتَّخَذُوا هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ مَهْجُورًا

And the Apostle cried out: O my Lord! surely my people have treated this Quran as a forsaken thing.

Why Music is forbidden in Islam ?
 The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Among my ummah there will certainly be people who permit zinaa, silk, alcohol and musical instruments…” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari ta’leeqan, no. 5590; narrated as mawsool by al-Tabaraani and al-Bayhaqi. See al-Silsilah al-Saheehah by al-Albaani, 91). 
 

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: This is a saheeh hadeeth narrated by al-Bukhaari in his Saheeh, where he quoted it as evidence and stated that it is mu’allaq andmajzoom. He said: Chapter on what was narrated concerning those who permit alcohol and call it by another name.

Narrated Abu Umama: Allah’ Messenger ﷺ said, ‘Whoever recites ayat Al-Kursi at the end of every obligatory prayer, nothing but death
 
Ayatal-Kursi
Ayatal-Kursi

[1] will prevent him from entering paradise
[2].’ An-Nasa-ie reported it sahih. At-Tabarani has the addition: 'and (Surah Al-Ikhlas) قل هو الله احد

[1] It means that the only thing preventing him from entering Paradise is his presence in this world, i.e he shall enter paradise immediately after his death.

[2] The precedence accorded to Ayatal-Kursi is deu to the fact that it contains the Foundation of the Divine Names and Qualities (of Allah) and this it is descriptive of His Oneness and Uniqueness, which He loves the most. Surat Al-Ikhlas also carries the same attributes. [Bulugh Al-Maram 258]


Umm Sulaym came to the Prophet ﷺ and said, “O Messenger of Allāh, teach me some words I can ask (Allāh) with.”

How to get your Dua Accepted
He ﷺ said: “Proclaim Allāh’s great distance, Mighty is He and Majestic, from any kind of imperfection (by saying “SubḥānAllāh”) ten times; glorify Him with praise (by saying “Alḥamdulillāh”) ten times; and extol His Greatness above all things (by saying “Allāhu Akbar”) ten times.
Then after that, ask for what you need, for He (will) certainly then say: “Indeed, I have done it; indeed, I have done it.”
[Aḥmad, at-Tirmidhī, and an-Nasā’ī reported it with their chains of narration, and al-Albānī رحمه الله graded it Ḥasan (acceptable).]

A muslim youth is the pillars of resurgence and the foundation of change. Change starts from the mind and spreads its tentacles to the society. Allah establishes His fundamental principle concerning it as:
..... Verily Allah will not Change the condition of a people as long as they do not Change their  states of minds.... Qur'an (11, verse11).
Hence, it is obligatory on the Muslim youth to be greatly concerned about himself/herself, and commit it to all the areas that he/she wants others to implement on themselves.
DUTIES, OF MUSLIM YOUTHS


When a Muslim is steadfast on the path of his Lord, and he knows his right and duties, defines his priorities and plans his time, he will be able to discharge all the Responsibilities expected from him, with which he Changes himself and the society. Here are some of the duties:

1. Iman, knowledge and education - Islam pays alot of attention to the building of the human personality and takes care of it in all its aspects - material and abstract, spiritual and intellectual. Every aspect affects the other and fortune is based on balance, mutual support and mutual co-operation of these powers.
    knowledge is the path through which man distinguishes between goodness, and bad. It is also the path towards building of nations and the resurgence of a society. Thus:
"The best of friends.... A beneficial Book"

2. Times of work: A Muslim is an active person, to him work is worship and perfection of work is act of seeking closeness to his Lord. A man that sits without working has no honour in the Islamic society.
     The caliph Umar ibn al-khattab said: 'I would see a man and be impressed by him. But when I am informed that he has no profession or trade loses his dignity before me'. A Muslim is an organized person. He gives everyone who has a right his due right. He organizes his time. He gives every work a suitable time.

3. Rest time: Rest, relaxation and physical exercises are often neglected, no importance is attached to them, they are not given adequate and suitable time. This is to the extent that when they are mentioned in our programmes, we drop them on the excuse that we have no time for them and that important works have taken the time of rest... And so on..
Ali (R.A) said: ' Relax the hearts hour after hour, because if the heart is under constant compulsion, it turns blind.'

4. Time to socialize: this social behaviour would reflect a noble feeling in our souls that have been devoid or nearly devoid of emotional feelings. It would also make us have knowledge of our prevailing circumstance.

5. Time to sleep:  To organize time - in general - it is compulsory to concentrate on one activity that takes a great part of our time - it is sleep. If you organize your sleep well, it is possible to organize the remainder of the task, necessary. You may ask: Should I sleep less so that I can have additional time?
 No; that is a faulty style. The reality is that you may need additional sleep to be able to carry out a better and a  more perfect task. [The prophet said: " There is no negligence in sleep; negligence is just in keeping awake" (Sahih al-Jaami' as-Sagheer)]

among the peak of mistakes and great injustice to our right and that of others is for us to reduce the time of our sleep and then afterwards sleep at gathering and meetings. Even if we do not sleep we will participate at a level below satisfactory because we would not have given our body and brain their needs of rest and sleep. A person that sleeps late would fundamentally be deprived of the early hours of the morning. Even his mental situation during the late night hours - after a long day of hard work - would be at its minimum serenity.
 A better approach is that a person Should sleep early and wake up early. Then he will have the morning period, which is one of the most blessed and glittering, when he will be at the climaxed of intellectual serenity and psychological preparedness.
      Studies have also confirmed that many authors and journalists write their important works in the early hours of the morning. We Muslims find this in the directives of prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) when he used to say:
 "Oh Allah, bless my Ummah in their dawn" (Ahmad).
 INVEST THE EARLY HOURS IN:
A. Recitation of Qur'an and its memorization.
 B. Early morning Adhkaar (invocations).
 C. Studying and learning.
 D. Carrying out important tasks.

6. Emergencies and problems: Emergencies and problems are part of the marks of life, and as long as man works, he is exposed to problems. A person who does not face problems is not working. Planning reduces many of them and assists in solving them but, naturally, it does not stop them. It is compulsory for a person to include a program and scheme to solve the problems in his plan. Common attributes you can do are:
1. Turn away from negative language and get committed to the positive one. See a problem as an opportunity to accept challenges, show abilities and gather experiences.
2. Knowing the cause leading to the occurrence of the problem prevents 20% of problems, etc.
3. View a problem as having a logical solution that can be implemented.

lastly:  These are quick observations that pointed out on to value of time in the life of a muslim. The prophet narrated from Suhuf Ibraheem that:

"It is necessary for the wise - as long as he is not mentally disabled - to have four periods:
1. Time of consultation with his Lord.
2. Time to evaluate himself.
3. Time to ponder over the creations of Allah.
4. Time to spend for seeking his need in terms of food and drink".
[Ibn Hibbaan (from Abu Dharr) and al-Haakim].

- Muslimah

15 TIPS FOR SADAQAH (charity)
1. Buy a chair, kettle or mat and keep it in a masjid, whoever pray with it, In sha Allah you will be rewarded for it.

2. Keep a bowl or glass of water on your window for the birds, that charity... Make it a habit... You will be rewarded In sha Allah.

3. Old pair of socks, pyjamas, put them in a packet, give it to any laborer or needy on your way, its sadaqah.

4. Keep a box in your room and put a penny or rupee (money) Whenever you seem to have sinned, open the box after a month and give the cash for charity, make it a habit...

5. Write the dua of entering the house and leaving the house on two papers, sticks it on the entrance of house, In sha Allah you will be rewarded for whoever will read it.

6. Sponsor an orphan from your pocket money.

7. Take carton of juice or biscuits with you and distribute at gathering. In sha Allah you will be rewarded.

8. If there's a construction going on around your house, get a box of water or juice and give it to the labourer chilled, you will be rewarded In sha Allah.

9. If you get the change at the petrol pump by the worker, ask him whether he is a muslim and let the change be with him, even if he was a non-muslim, be a good face for your Religion.

10. Keep a Qur'an in any masjid, and get the reward for whoever reads even a single letter of it, a letter is multiplied into 10 times, imagine the reward In sha Allah.

11. If there's water left in your glass, put it in the flower pot.. There's reward In Sha Allah.

12. Cheer any muslim, especially those who are sad... There's Reward In Sha Allah.

13. Smile to whom you pass by, great to the one next to you and a good word is Sadaqah.

14. Do not sleep untill you have forgiven to whoever have hurted you.

15. Share this message to  People as much as you can, it is Sadaqah. "Because, you Enlighten them about good and what they don't know - for any form of good if you do it for the sake of Allah it will be rewarded".

NOTE: It is very important to make a niyaah (intention) - 'like the Sadaqah would be for someone who passed away or a patient or for yourself. For every single Sadaqah you do'.

Ref: [From Dr. Muhammad al-Arifi. A prominent scholar, Saudi Arabia].


- Muslimah

Allah created his slaves so that they may remember Him, and He provided sustenance for them so that they may be grateful to Him. Nevertheless, many have worshipped other than Him and the masses are thankful not to Him, but to others, because the characteristic of ingratitude is prevent among most people. So do not be dismayed when you find that others forget your favors or disregard your kind acts. Some people might even despise you and treat you as enemy for no other reason than that you have shown them kindness.
DO NOT EXPECT GRATITUDE FROM ANYBODY

{And they could not find any cause to bear a grudge [against Muhammad], except that Allah and His messenger had enriched them of His Bounty.}   (Qur'an 9:74)

From among the ever-repeating pages of history is a story of a father and his son: the father raised him, fed him, clothed him and taught him; he stay hungry so that his son could eat, and he would toil so that his son could feel comfort. And when the son became older and Stronger; he rewarded his father with disobedience, disrespect, and contempt.
 So be at peace if you are requited with ungratefulness for the good you have done. Rejoice in your knowledge that you will be rewarded from the One who has unlimited treasures at His disposal.

This is not to say that you should refrain from performing acts of kindness toward them: the point is that you should be mentally prepared for ingratitude.

Perform acts of charity seeking Allah' pleasure, because with this attitude you will assuredly be successful. The ungrateful person cannot really harm you: praise Allah that that person is the transgressor and that you are the obedient servant. Also, remember that the hand that gives is better than the hand that receives.
{We feed you seeking Allah's Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you.}        (Qur'an 76:9)

Many people are shocked at the nature of ingratitude in others, as though they had never come across this Verse and others like it:
{And when harm touches man, he invokes Us, lying down on his side, or sitting or standing. But when We have removed his harm from him, he passes on his way as if he had never invoked Us for a harm that touched him!}    (Qur'an 10:12)

Hence do not be in a state of agitation if you give someone a pen as a gift and he uses it to satirize you, or if you give someone a walking stick to lean upon and he strikes you with it. As already pointed out, most human beings are ungrateful to their Lord,  so what treatment should you and I expect?

[ *~*Treasure Chest Of Reminders*~* ]

Ref:[Dr. 'Aidh Ibn Abdullah Qarnee, a scholar. Saudi Arabia]


- Muslimah

1. Tawbah (Repentance)
 "For Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly (in repentance)" [surah al-Baqarah 2:222].

SEVEN QUALITIES THAT ALLAH LOVES
2. Taharah (purification)
  "Allah loves those who keep themselves pure and clean" [surah al-Baqarah, 2:222].

3. Taqwa (piety)
  "For Allah loves the righteous (the pious)" [surah al-Tawbah 9:4].

4. Ihsan (Goodness and perfection)
 "For Allah loves those who do good" [Surah Aali 'Imran 3:134].

5. Tawakkul (Trust in Allah)
 " For Allah loves those who put their trust (in him)"
 [Surah Aali 'Imran 3:159].

6. Adl (Justice)
 "For Allah loves those who judge in equity". [Surah al- ma'idah],
 "For Allah loves those who are fair (and just)". [surah Hujuraat 49:9].

7. Sabr (patience)
 "And Allah loves those who are firm and steadfast ( as-saabireen (the patient)." [Surah al-Imran 3:146].

From: Righteous Source.

- Muslimah

SEVEN QUALITIES THAT ALLAH DOES NOT LOVE
1. Israaf (Extravagance)
 "But waste not by excess; for Allah not the wasters [al-musrifun (those who waste by Extravagance)] (surah al-An'am 6:141).

2. Istikbaar (pride)
 "verily He loves not the arrogant (proud)" [surah al-Nahl 16.23].

3. Mukhtal fakhoor (Arrogant boaster)
"for Allah loves not any Arrogant boaster." [surah Luqman 31:18].

4. Udwaan (Transgression)
 "for Allah loves not transgressors." [surah al-ma'idah 5:87].

5. Zulm (Evil, wrongdoing)
 "But Allah loves not those who do wrong (Zalimun (oppressors; polytheists and wrong doers))." [surah Ali Imran 3:57].

6. Khiyaanah (Treachery)
 "for Allah loves not the treacherous." [surah al-Anfl 8;58].

7. Mufsideen (mischief-makers)
"And Allah loves not those who do mischief." [Surah al-ma'idah 5:64].
- Muslimah

Islam guides in Truth that regardless of the number of times one falls into temptation and commits a sin, as long as one sincerely turns back to their Lord seeking sincerely forgiveness, the Lord Most Gracious Most Merciful has promised to forgive that repentant slave his sin.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumur verses 53-54:
(O Prophet) say: “O My servants who have wronged their own souls….Do not despair of Allah’s Mercy!  Surely,  Allah forgives all sins.   He indeed is the All Forgiving,  All Merciful.   Return to your Lord and submit to Him before the scourge overtakes you;  for then you may get no help from anywhere.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imraan verse 135-136:
Allah likes such good people very much, who,  if ever they commit a base deed or wrong their own soul by the commission of a sin,  remember Allah instantly,  and ask for forgiveness from Him for their shortcomings.  For who,  but Allah,  can forgive sins?  (And Allah loves those) who do not knowingly persist in the wrongs they did.   These will be rewarded with forgiveness from Allah,  and with Gardens beneath which canals flow,  and they will reside therein forever!   How excellent is the reward of those who do good deeds!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 54:
When those come to you who believe in Our Signs,  say: “Peace be on you!  Your Lord had inscribed for Himself (the rule of) Mercy.  Verily if any of you did evil in ignorance,  and thereafter repented and amended (his conduct),  Lo! He is Oft-Forgiving,  Most Merciful.”
Sahih Muslim Hadith 6499     Narrated by Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him)
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, stated: ‘He who comes with goodness, there are in store for him ten like those and even more than those; And he who comes with vice, it is only for that that he is called to account. I even forgive him as I like, and he who draws close to Me by the span of a palm I draw close to him by a cubit, and he who draws close to Me by a cubit I draw close to him by the space (covered) by two hands, and he who walks towards Me I rush towards him, and he who meets Me in the state that his sins fill the earth, but not associating anything with Me, I would meet Him with the same (vastness) of pardon (on My behalf).”
Hadith Qudsi 34
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said that Allah Subhanah, High and Exalted He is, says: ‘O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind.  O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you.  O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great at it.’
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2339        Narrated by Abu Sa’id (may ALLAH be pleased with him)
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said that the Shaytaan said, “By Thy Might, my Lord, I shall continue to lead Thy servants astray as long as their spirits are in their bodies.”  The Lord, Who is Great and Glorious, replied, “By My Might, Glory and Exalted Station, I shall continue to pardon them as long as they ask My forgiveness.”
Thus one who sincerely believes in the vastness of the Lord’s Grace and Mercy, should never never ever despair of the Mercy and Pardon of His Lord, regardless of what or how many sins one might have done in one’s past…..if one sincerely turns back unto the Lord seeking His forgiveness, he will find his Lord Forgiving and Merciful.
But those sinners will not be forgiven who pre-plan to commit sin with the intention that after they have sinned they will seek forgiveness; then pre-plan the sin again with the intent that they will repent later, or persist in their sin with the intent that they will seek repentance just before their death…..such sinners try to make a mockery of the Vastness of the Mercy and Grace of the Lord Most High with their pre-planned sinning and meaningless repentance.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verses 17-18:
Allah accepts the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and repent soon afterwards; to them will Allah turn in mercy; for Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom.18      Of no effect is the repentance of those who continue to do evil until death faces one of them and he says “Now have I repented indeed”; nor of those who die rejecting faith: for them have We prepared a punishment most grievous.
I hope it will be helpful. May Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala forgive us and guide us all to the straight path.
Ameen

Strive to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. Alwaysremember that Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala plans are better than our wishes.Make lots of dua and while asking Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala always say “if it’s good for me” because we don’t know what’s good for us only Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala knows. Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala loves us more than our mother so His decisions are always for our own good and we have to trust Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.
“But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” (Quran 2:216)
 How to let go of the past? How to finally move with Allah's help and blessing?

Always remember this:
“No amount of guilt can change the past and no amount of worrying can change the future. Go easy on yourself for the outcome of all affairs is determined by the decree of Allah. If something is meant to go elsewhere, it will never come on your way, but if it is yours by destiny, from you it cannot flee.”
Umar ibn al Khattab (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu)
Here are some tips to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala that will help you in shaa Allah.
1.If we want to get closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, we have to fulfill our obligatory duties and follows the command of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and his messenger (peace be upon him) wholeheartedly.
2.Being God conscious, always keep in mind that whatever we do, we have to be accountable to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and He’s watching us all the time.
3.Whenever we do a good work, always make the intention that you are doing this to please Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.
4.Be thankful to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala in every situation and be happy with the Allah decree.
5.Try to do dhikr all the time, it will make us closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.
Following are some dhikr that we can do all the time:
1. Asthaghfirullah

2. Subhaanallah

3. Alhamdulillah

4. Allahu Akbar

5. Laa ilaaha illallah

6. LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH-HIL ALIYYIL ADHEEM

7. Asthaghfirullah-halladhee Laa ilaaha illa-huwal Hayyul Qayyuumu Wa athoobu Ilay

OrAsthaghfirullah

8. SUB-HAAN’ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM’DIHI SUB-HAAN’ALLAH-IL ADHEEM

OrSUB-HAAN’ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM’DIHI

9. Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm

10. Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr

Or

Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer

We should also recite much of durood e Ibrahim which is the durood that is recited towards the end of Salaah.

Or the shortest durood is: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim
6. Dua and Repentence:
Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an: ”When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.” [2:186]

The place of Dua is so high in front of Allah, that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim) has said: ”Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than Dua.”[Sahih al-Jami` no.5268].

Allah loves repentance & loves those who turn to him in sincere repentance:

Truly Allah loves those who turn [to Him] in repentance… (Qur’an 2:222)

Narrated ‘Ubaadah that the Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good deed for EACH believing man and believing woman.” (Tabarrani)

Subhanallah this deed can be done in EVERY dua and can you imagine how many rewards can be gained for each and every Muslim you make dua for from Adam alayhis ‘salam until now and the last Muslim on earth. This is the easiest way to earn rewards that go into the billions and the more you make these dua’s then the more your good deed account will get filled!
7. Have friends that make you close to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, not those whose company make you forget Allah.
8. Turn to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala for every little problem and ask for his help.
Listen to Islamic lectures, fix your prayers and try to do dhikr it will help in shaa Allah. I hope it will be helpful. May Allah guide us to the straight path.
Ameen

We can’t ignore the desire to be loved and appreciated as it is one of our innate needs. But we should avoid getting into haram (forbidden) relationships to fulfill our needs. That is why,Islam emphasizes on early Nikkah (Marriage) to let us satisfy our needs in a halal way. Our spouses are our garments and we are meant to find peace and tranquility in them.
 
Do you FEEL ALONE and want to be LOVED?However, some of our brothers and sisters are having a hard time getting married and some don’t feel loved even after their marriage takes place.


Some people face severe depression due to this and start feeling worthless. Some even feel they can’t really enjoy their lives until and unless someone loves them unconditionally. Some people even say they will start praying after they get married.


It is very important to address our emotional needs and keep them balanced. If you are unable to get married right now or dont feel loved by your spouse, you should realize that your life does not end there. There is much more to life than giving in to your emotions and desires.


Things are not in our control above a certain point.We can make dua to Allah to help us find loving and caring spouses and have tawakkul (faith) in Him. But, if it does not happen rightaway, we should not feel hopeless. Allah knows what’s best for us and He will give us that on the right time.


Why do we care so much if a guy/girl does not love us? What about the love that Allah has for all of us? He loves us more than anyone ever can and does not even ask for anything in return. Yet, we give our heart to this world instead of giving it to its Creator.
Loving Allah subhaanahu wa ta’aala and His Prophet [Peace be upon him], following the teachings of Islam and attaining Jannah should be our ultimate goal.


Maryam (Peace be upon her) who was the mother of Prophet Isa Alaihissalaam did not have a husband. Asiyah bint Muzahim was the wife of Fir`awn who was the most tyrannical among the people of the earth and the most disbelieving.Yet she was not affected by her husband’s disbelief, because she obeyed her Lord and attained great ranks. Both of them are among the best women of Jannah.
Some of the Prophets,such as Prophet Lut and Prophet Nuh alaihissalaam had disbelieving wives but that did not stop them from their actual goals. Their LOVE FOR ALLAH was enough for them.


Love Allah and become less reliant on others to feel loved. When your happiness will be dependant on Allah alone, nothing and no one will be able to take that away from you. Your smile will not fade even if you are not loved by any human in this world because the love of Allah will suffice all your needs.


Instead of desperately looking for love, work on developing yourself into a stronger, more knowledgeable and a better Muslim and in sha Allah, everything else will fall into place.



Dua to gain ALLAH’S LOVE: Join us in this beautiful dua


”O Allah! I ask You for Your Love and the love of those who love You, and deeds which will cause me to attain Your Love. O Allah! Make Your Love dearer to me than myself, my family and the cold water”


Allaahumma inni as’aluka hubbaka, wa hubba man yuhibbuka, wal-‘amalalladhi yuballighuni hubbaka. Allaahumm-aj’al hubbaka ahabba ilayya min nafsi, wa ahli, wa minal-maa’il-baarid
(At-Tirmidhi)
Ameen


1) pray Nafil whenever you have chance. Allah loves this.
2) make more time for duaa. After Salaah and even during non prayer times. Allah responds to the servant immediately in a way that only he knows.
3) stay in wudhu, do Zikr and do tasbeeh of ALLAH and his greatness.
Tips to improve your worship Insha'Allah

4) try to fast
5) like we make time for family and friends make time for ALLAH and his book ... The Quran Insha'Allah
6) try to read the Quran in English to improve understanding
7) brothers try to go to masjid as much as you can
8) spending time with parents is also worship when you're merciful and affectionate
9) get rid of the friends who don't remind you of ALLAH and keep good company Insha'Allah
10) give less time to tv playstation mobile phone etc.
11) send Durood and Salawaat upon RusoolAllah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam regularly
12) read about how ISLAM came about and how beautiful it is Insha'Allah
Feel free to post more tips brothers and sisters Insha'Allah
JazakAllah Khair

Ibn al-Qayyim – rahimahullâh – says:
“The reasons which cause mahabbah of Allâh to develop, are ten:
Firstly: Reciting the Qur‘ân, reflecting and understanding its meaning and its intent.
 “Developing Love for Allâh
Secondly: Drawing closer to Allâh – the Most High – through optional deeds, after fulfilling the obligatory duties.
Thirdly: Being continuous in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allâh, with the tongue, the heart and the limbs – under all circumstances. The more constant the dhikr, the more mahabbah develops and intensifies.
Fourthly: Giving precedence to what Allâh loves over personal loves, when being overcome by desires.
Fifthly: Contemplating and deliberating over the Names and Attributes of Allâh.
Sixthly: Recognizing and remembering the favours and bounties of Allâh – both the manifest and hidden.
Seventhly: To be humble and submissive before Allâh – and this is the greatest matter.
Eightly: To be in seclusion reciting the Qur‘ân, during that time in which Allâh descends to the lowest heaven (which is the last third of every night), finishing this recitation with seeking Allâh’s forgiveness and repenting to Him.
Ninthly: To sit in the gatherings of true and sincere lovers of Allâh, reaping the fruits of their speech, and not to speak except if there is benefit in it and that you know that such talk will increase you in goodness and that it will benefits others as well.
Tenthly: To stay clear of all those causes which distances the heart from Allâh – the Mighty and Majestic.
So these are the ten reasons which cause the person to develop true love for Allâh and to reach the rank of al-muhabbah, by which he reaches his Beloved.

10 TIPS ON HOW TO CONCENTRATE DURING SALAT (PRAYERS)1. Before standing up for Prayer, try to deal with all the minor urgent matters which demand your attention. If you are pressed by hunger, eat first; if you are pressed to attend to the call of nature, relieve yourself; if you are the parent of an infant, feed him or her, or keep him or her busy.

2. Perform your wudu’ (ablution) well, paying …due care and attention.

3. Approach the Prayer with zest and passion as if it is the last prayer in your life before dying. Actually the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) taught us that we could do nothing in this world that could ever surpass Prayer in merit and excellence.

4. Visualize that in your Prayer you are going to have a special audience with Allah, Lord of the worlds, and that you are enjoying a direct communion with Him—which, in fact, is true.

5. Think of the Prayer you are performing as if it were the last Prayer of your life. In fact, it could very well be the last one, since no one is given a guarantee that he would live to perform another Prayer.

6. Picture the scene of the Last Day when people will be lined up into two , one destined for Heaven, and another for Hell, and ask yourself where you would be placed.

7. Focus your mind on what you are reading in your Prayer and recite simple surah
that you understand it’s meaning and ponder on the meaning whiles u recite.

8. If, in spite of your best efforts, your mind is still wandering, seek refuge in Allah and bring your mind back to Prayer.

9. Pray to Allah and beg Him to grant you true the joy of concentrating in your Prayer and protection against the wanderings of your mind.

10. Place your eyesight to the one spot where you will be making your sujud while you recite and avoid taking your eyes from that spot.

May Allah protect us from the tricks of shaitan during prayers and forgive us our mistakes.
Ameen!

Following are some tips that will help us to soften ourheart:
1.      Dua(Supplication): Nothing softens the heart more than asking Allah to soften it and make it merciful. In his supplications, the Prophet (peace be upon him) would often say,
 ”I seek refuge in You, O Allah, from a heart that does not fear (You).” (Ahmed)
2.       Reading Quran
3.       Being God conscious, always keep in mind that whatever we do, we have to be accountable to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and He’s watching us all the time.
"the skins of those who fear their Lord shiver from it (when they recite it or hear it). Then their skin and their heart soften to the remembrance of Allah." [39:23]
tips that will help us to soften ourheart

4.       Remember death often it is the cutter of delights. The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said:“Remember often the destroyer and cutter off of delights, which is death.” (Sunnan Trimidhi:2229)
5.       Repentence: Allah loves repentance & loves those who turn to him in sincere repentance:

Truly Allah loves those who turn [to Him] in repentance… (Qur’an 2:222)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:If anyone continually asks pardon, Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress, and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide for him from where he did not reckon.(Abu Dawud)
6.       Remembrance of Allah: Try to do dhikr all the time. Following are some easy dhikr that are light on tongue but heavy on the scales:
1.Hadhrat Jaa’bir [Ra] narrated that Rasulallah(Peace be upon him) said: “For the person who recites SUB-HAN’ALLAH HIL AZEEM WA BI-HAM’DIHI, [Pure and perfect is Allah in his glory and praise], - A date palm will be planted for him in Paradise” (Tirmidhi)
Another Narration says:
2.Forgiveness for Sins Even Though they are like the Foam of the Sea: Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever says‘Subhan Allaahi Wa bihamdihi, {Allah is free from imperfection and His is the praise}. One hundred times a day, will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea. (Bukhari, Book #75, Hadith #414)
3,Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: ”Is anyone of you incapable of earning one thousand Hasanah (rewards) a day?” Someone from the gathering asked, "How can anyone of us earn a thousand Hasanah?" Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: “Glorify Allah a hundred times by just saying “Subhanallah” and a Good deeds will be written for you, or a thousand sins will be wiped away.” (Muslim 4:2073)
4.Narrated ‘Ubaadah that the Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good deed for each believing man and believing woman.” (Tabarrani)
I hope it will be helpful. May Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala forgive us and guide us to the straight path.
Ameen

Allāh (ﷻ) is
Allah , names of Allah
1. Ar-Rahman
The One who has plenty of mercy for the believers and the blasphemers in this world and especially for the believers in the hereafter.
The Most Merciful

2. Ar-Rahim
The One who has plenty of mercy for the believers.
The most Compassionate

3. Al-Malik
The One with the complete Dominion, the One Whose Dominion is clear from imperfection.
The King, the Monarch

4. Al-Quddus
The One who is pure from any imperfection and clear from children and adversaries.
The Holy one

5. As-Salam
The One who is free from every imperfection.
The Peace, The Tranquility

6. Al-Mu’min
The One who witnessed for Himself that no one is God but Him. And He witnessed for His believers that they are truthful in their belief that no one is God but Him.
The One with Faith
The Faithful, The Trusted

7. Al-Muhaymin
The One who witnesses the saying and deeds of His creatures.
The Protector
The vigilant, the controller

8. Al-‘Aziz
The Defeater who is not defeated.
The Mighty
The Almighty, the powerful

9. Al-Jabbar
The One that nothing happens in His Dominion except that which He willed.
The all Compelling

10. Al-Mutakabbir
The One who is clear from the attributes of the creatures and from resembling them.
The Haughty, the Majestic
The Imperious

11. Al-Khaliq
The One who brings everything from non-existence to existence.
The Creator, the Maker

12.Al-Bari’
The Creator who has the Power to turn the entities.
The Artificer, the Creator

13.Al-Musawwir
The One who forms His creatures in different pictures.
The Fashioner
The Organizer, the Designer

14.Al-Ghaffar
The One who forgives the sins of His slaves time and time again.
The Forgiving, the Forgiver

15.Al-Qahhar
The Subduer who has the perfect Power and is not unable over anything.
The Almighty, the Dominant

16.Al-Wahhab
The One who is Generous in giving plenty without any return.
The Donor, the Bestower

17. Ar-Razzaq
The Provider, the Sustainer

18. Al-Fattah
The One who opens for His slaves the closed worldly and religious matters.
The Opener, the Revealer

19. Al-‘Alim
The Knowledgeable; The One nothing is absent from His knowledge.
The all Knowing, the Omniscient

20. Al-Qabid
The One who constricts the sustenance.
The Contractor, The Restrainer, the Recipient.

21. Al-Basit
The One who expands and widens.
The Expander, He who expands

22. Al-Khafid
The One who lowers whoever He willed by His Destruction.
The Abaser, the Humbler

23. Ar-Rafi’
The One who raises whoever He willed by His Endowment.
The Raiser, the Exalter

24. Al-Mu’iz
He gives esteem to whoever He willed, hence there is no one to degrade Him;
The Honorer, the Exalter

25. Al-Muzil
Degrades whoever he willed, hence there is no one to give him esteem.
The Abaser, the Degrader, the Subduer

26. As-Sami’
The One who Hears all things that are heard by His Eternal Hearing without an ear, instrument or organ.
The Hearer, The All hearing, all knowing.

27. Al-Basir
The One who Sees all things that are seen by His Eternal Seeing without a pupil or any other instrument.
The Seer, The discerning, the All seeing.

28. Al-Hakam
He is the Ruler and His judgment is His Word.
The arbitrator, the Judge

29. Al-‘Adl
The One who is entitled to do what He does.
The justice, the equitable. The Just.

30. Al-Latif
The Most Gentle, the Gracious.
The One who is kind

31. Al-Khabir
The One who knows the truth of things.
The Aware. The Sagacious, one is who is aware.

32. Al-Halim
The One who delays the punishment for those who deserve it and then He might forgive them.
The Gentle. The most patient, the Clement.

33. Al-‘Azim
The One deserving the attributes of Exaltment, Glory, Extolment, and Purity from all imperfection.
The Great, Mighty

34. Al-Ghafoor
The One who forgives a lot.
The Forgiving, the Pardoner.

35. Ash-Shakur
The One who gives a lot of reward for a little obedience.
The Grateful, the Thankful

36. Al-‘Ali
The One who is clear from the attributes of the creatures.
The most high, the exalted.

37. Al-Kabir
The One who is greater than everything in status.
The great, the big.

38. Al-Hafiz
The One who protects whatever and whoever He willed to protect.
The Guardian, the preserver.

39. Al-Muqit
The One who has the Power.
The maintainer, The Nourisher

40. Al-Hasib
The One who gives the satisfaction.
The noble, The Reckoner

41. Aj-Jalil
The One who is attributed with greatness of Power and Glory of status.
The Majestic. The honorable, the exalted.

42. Al-Karim
The One who is clear from abjectness.
The most generous, the Bountiful.

43. Ar-Raqib
The One that nothing is absent from Him. Hence it’s meaning is related to the attribute of Knowledge.
The Guardian, the watchful. Watcher.

44. Al-Mujib
The One who answers the one in need if he asks Him and rescues the yearner if he calls upon Him.
The Responder. The respondent, one who answers.

45. Al-Wasi’
The Englober. The enricher, the Omnipresent, the Knowledgeable.

46. Al-Hakim
The One who is correct in His doings.
The most Wise, the Judicious.

47. Al-Wadud
The Affectionate, the Loving.

48. Al-Majid
The One who is with perfect Power, High Status, Compassion, Generosity and Kindness.
The Glorious, the exalted.

49. Al-Ba’ith
The One who resurrects for reward and/or punishment.
The Resurrector, the Raiser from death.
50. Ash-Shahid
The One who nothing is absent from Him.
The Witness

51. Al-Haqq
The One who truly exists.
The Truth, the Just.

52. Al-Wakil
The One who gives the satisfaction and is relied upon.
The Guardian, the Trustee

53. Al-Qawee
The One with the complete Power.
The powerful, the Almighty, The Strong

54. Al-Matin
The One with extreme Power which is un-interrupted and He does not get tired.
The Strong, the Firm

55. Al-Walee
The Supporter, the Friend, the Defender the master.

56. Al-Hamid
The praised One who deserves to be praised.
The Praiseworthy , the Commendable

57. Al-Muhsi
The One who the count of things are known to him.
The Counter

58. Al-Mubdi’
The One who started the human being. That is, He created him.
The Beginner, the Creator, The Originator

59. Al-Mu’eed
The One who brings back the creatures after death.
The Restorer, the Resurrector.

60. Al-Muhyee
The One who took out a living human from semen that does not have a soul. He gives life by giving the souls back to the worn out bodies on the resurrection day and He makes the hearts alive by the light of knowledge.
The Bestower, the Life Giver.

61. Al-Mumeet
The One who renders the living dead.
The Bringer of Death. The Death Giver.

62. Al-Hayy
The One attributed with a life that is unlike our life and is not that of a combination of soul, flesh or blood.
The Living. The Alive, the ever living.

63. Al-Qayyum
The One who remains and does not end.
The Self-Subsistent, The Eternal, the Self Sustaining.

64. Al-Wajid
The Rich who is never poor. Al-Wajd is Richness.
The all perceiving, the Opulent, the Finder.

65. Al-Wahid
The One without a partner.
The One, the Unique.

66. Al-Majid
The One who is Majid.
The Noble, the illustrious.

67. Al-Ahad
The only, the Unique.

68. As-Samad
The Master who is relied upon in matters and reverted to in ones needs.
The Perfect, the Eternal.

69. Al-Qadir
The One attributed with Power.
The Able, the Capable, the Omnipotent.

70. Al-Muqtadir
The One with the perfect Power that nothing is withheld from Him.
The Capable, The all Powerful

71. Al-Muqaddim
He makes ahead what He wills.
The Presenter, The Advancer, The Expediter

72. Al-Mu’akhkhir
The One who delays what He wills.
The Fulfiller, the keeper behind, The Deferrer

73. Al-‘Awwal
The One whose Existence is without a beginning.
The First

74. Al-‘Akhir
The One whose Existence is without an end.
The Last

75. Az-Zahir
The Apparent, the Exterior, The Manifest
The One that nothing is above Him and nothing is underneath Him, hence He exists without a place.

76. Al-Batin
The Hidden, the Interior, the Latent

77. Al-Wali
The One who owns things and manages them.
The Governor, The Ruler, The Master

78. Al-Muta’ali
The One who is clear from the attributes of the creation.
The Exalted, The most high, one above reproach.

79. Al-Barr
The One who is kind to His creatures, who covered them with His sustenance and specified whoever He willed among them by His support, protection, and special mercy.
The Benefactor, The Beneficent, the Pious.

80. At-Tawwab
The One who grants repentance to whoever He willed among His creatures and accepts his repentance.
The Acceptor of Repentance, The Forgiver, the Relenting.

81. Al-Muntaqim
The One who victoriously prevails over His enemies and punishes them for their sins. It may mean the One who destroys them.
The Avenger

82. Al-‘Afuww
The One with wide forgiveness.
The Forgiver, the effacer, the Pardoner

83. Ar-Ra’uf
The One with extreme Mercy. The Mercy of Allah is His will to endow upon whoever He willed among His creatures.
The merciful, the Ever Indulgent.

84. Al-Muqsit
The One who is Just in His judgment.
The Just, the Equitable

85. Aj-Jami’
The One who gathers the creatures on a day that there is no doubt about, that is the Day of Judgment.
The Collector, the comprehensive, Gatherer

86. Al-Ghanee
The One who does not need the creation.
The rich, the all sufficing, Self-Sufficient

87. Al-Mughnee
The One who satisfies the necessities of the creatures.
The Enricher, sufficer, the bestower.

88. Al-Mani’
The Supporter who protects and gives victory to His pious believers. Al-Mu’tiy
The Withholder
The Preventer, the prohibiter, the defender.

89. Ad-Darr
The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed.
The Distresser , The afflictor, the bringer of Adversity.

90. An-Nafi’
The One who gives benefits to whoever He wills.
The Beneficial Benefactor

91. An-Nur
The One who guides.
The Light

92. Al-Hadi
The One whom with His Guidance His believers were guided, and with His Guidance the living beings have been guided to what is beneficial or them and protected from what is harmful to them.
The Guide

93. Al-Badi’
The One who created the creation and formed it without any preceding example.
The Wonderful, the maker, Incomparable

94. Al-Baqi
The One that the state of non-existence is impossible for Him.
The Enduring, the Everlasting, the eternal

95. Al-Warith
The One whose Existence remains.
The Inheritor, The Heir

96. Ar-Rashid
The One who guides.
The Rightly Guided, The Conscious, the Guide

97. As-Sabur
The One who does not quickly punish the sinners.
The most Patient, the Enduring.

98. Malik Al-Mulk
The One who controls the Dominion and gives dominion to whoever He willed.
The Ruler of the Kingdom, king of the Universe

99. Zul-l-Jalal wal-Ikram
The One who deserves to be Exalted and not denied.
Lord of Majesty and Generosity


why do you really pray?Let us pray.

But why do you really pray?

Do you pray because you need something? Do you pray because you want something? Do you pray because you are just told so? Come, think of it, ask yourself, why do you pray?

Many thoughts are coming now to your mind, right?

Yes, we have all our own reasons why we pray to Allaah Azza Wa Jall, but before anything else, let it be known that you pray because it is not because you are told so but because you are obliged to do so, it is the first pillar of Islam
after shahada .
Realize that Allaah Azza Wa Jall never gets tired of Providing and Sustaining for your needs, He forgives you as long as you repent yet when He calls you to pray and have a talk with Him, you refuse?

Salaah is a gift and a mercy from Allaah Azza Wa Jall. It is the best form of giving thanks to Allaah Azza Wa Jall, best way to have a talk with him and pour everything that is in your heart without being ashamed because you know Allaah Azza Wa Jall can be the only One who can bring such comfort in your heart, you know that when you pour out your feelings to Him, He comforts it by letting your tears fall from your eyes which in return gives such relief in you, have you ever notice that?

Yes, when we cry, we release all out the stress, hatred and pain away from our hearts, that is a mercy from Allaah Azza Wa Jall, so when you cry it doesn’t mean you are weak, it just means that you are being comforted by Allaah Azza Wa Jall, there is nothing wrong on crying. It is a gift, so embrace it.

When you pray, concentrate, do not be fast on uttering the words of the Qur’an, feel every word, there is nothing wrong if you take long in salaah, it is a moment gifted to you by Allaah Azza Wa Jall, so make it count.

When you pray, know that you stand infront of Allaah Azza Wa Jall, so be firm. Stay focused, remember sooner or later, death may come upon you, so pray as if it is your last, cry, because with all the sins we have committed, we should cry, cry out for forgiveness from Him, for every minute that we have displeased Him, He tells us…

[1] Muhammad sallallahu allaihi wassalaam said in a Hadith Qudsi that Allaah Azza Wa Jall said:

"O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you.

O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as its.”

Subhan’Allaah, how can a heart full of sins can not call out for forgiveness to the One Who says I will forgive you?

Every time, every time and i mean every single time we pray our Salaah, make it the most meaningful one. Make it so meaningful that your du’a would make the angels say Amin with you.

Allaah is Al Wadood, The Most Loving, my brother and sister in Islam, Allaah Azza Wa Jall loves you, just by the mere fact that he handpicked you to be a Muslim, says so much about His Love for you, or by just the fact that you were lost and He guided you back, doesn’t that make the heart grow fonder for Him more?

When you got lost, He didn’t put you astray more, rather He called you back, wallahi He gave you that honor back, so why are you putting this honor away by not praying?

Every salaah we make is a worship to Him, but go beyond that, make it a communication, a direct communication from you to Him, rather just praying just because you have to, pray because you want to, because you need to because its all that you have, the first step to become better, the first step to become closer to Him.

My dear child, we are bound to return to our Lord soon, either I go first or you go, all of us will. So make everyday count, you are given 5 gifts everyday, open it, fill it, embrace it and make use of it.

Remember, not all the people in this world is given this honor of having a talk with Him 5 times a day, We are blessed for we are Muslims and Allaah Azza Wa Jall honored us that.

Now, are you up for another talk with Him?

Yes, start with the next Salaah, give meaning to it.
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And we pray that Allaah Azza Wa Jall softens our hearts through our salah, through remembering His Mercy, His Love, His Protection, His Guidance and His Blessings that we may realize the bountiful blessings He has given us and in return we could give thanks by staying consistent on offering prayers to Him.

Amin

Zohayma

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F.N.

[1] Tirmidhi


I feel it you know. The complete emptiness when I can’t pray. You will miss Him.

When Muslim women are asked why do they wear hijab, the simple answer is, “Because God asked me to” not “Because men asked me to.” Hijab is about Allah (swt) and submitting to His will and trusting His way. It’s an incredibly spiritual act especially today because you must strive to remove the desire for human approval completely in order to practice it well. Allah (swt) says, “that is purer for you.” Hijab is a purification. For some, hijab may help purify the tendency towards vanity. For others, it is simply a constant physical reminder that our goal in life is to please our Creator. The experience of hijab for many is described as “liberating” and “a divine gift” as it encourages us to recognize our own spiritual and intellectual center, and compels us to honor, even celebrate this most sacred part of ourselves as we deal with the world.

 A. Hijab for women is not about Men.
B. Hijab is not meant to erase physical beauty, but honor it.
What happens if a woman covers herself appropriately, and people still feel tempted by her or are attracted to her? Beauty is not a woman’s ‘fault’, and she is not asked to hide because others can’t control their feelings. Rather, they must lower their gaze and purify their thoughts.

Ibn Abbas said: “A beautiful woman, from among the most beautiful of women, used to pray behind the Prophet ﷺ. Some of the people used to go to pray in the first row to ensure they would not be able to see her. Others would pray in the last row of the men, and they would look from underneath their armpits to see her. Because of this act, in regard to her, Allah revealed, “And We have already known the preceding [generations] among you, and We have already known the later [ones to come],” (Qu’ran, 15:24).

In this incident, Allah (swt) does not reveal that a barrier be put up to block off the view of the women’s side. He does not ask the woman to not come to the masjid. She is not told to wear niqab. She is not asked to pray in the last lines. Allah is addressing the men and these are verses revealed after the command of hijab was in place. Allah is telling them that He knows what is in their hearts. Hijab is not to remove all beauty from a woman. Rather, it is to let her define her sense of beauty by donning the dress and character that pleases God.

We asked: “What is the Garden made of?” The Prophet said: “A brick of gold and a brick of silver, its mortar is of strongly scented musk, its stones are pearls and emeralds, and its soil is of saffron. Those who enter it will be in affluent circumstances and will not be destitute, they will live for ever and not die, their garments will not wear out, and their youth will not pass away.”
(Narrated by Abu Hurayra, at-Tirmidhi)

Some Quranic verses and Hadith about life in Jannah ♥ In Shaa Allah

He will forgive you your wrong actions and admit you into Gardens with rivers flowing under them, and gine dwellings in the Garden of Eden. That is the Great Victory.
(Surat as-Saff: 12)

Allah will reward them for what they say with Gardens with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, for ever. That is the recompense of the good-doer.
(Surat al-Ma’ida: 85)

“They will have there everything they want and with Us there is still more.”
(Surah Qaf: 35)

“They will have Gardens of Eden with rivers flowing under them. They will be adorned in them with bracelets made of gold…”
(Surat al-Kahf: 31)

“Seeing them, you see delight and a great kingdom.”
(Surat al-Insan: 20)

One brick of gold and one brick of silver, its mortar is of strongly scented musk, its stones are pearls and emeralds, and its soil is of saffron
(Narrated by Abu Hurayra, at-Tirmidhi)

That is the Garden you will inherit for what you did.
(Surat az-Zukhruf: 72)

“Shall I not guide you to one of the treasures of the Garden?” I said: “Yes, Messenger of Allah!” Thereupon he said, “La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah – There is no change of a condition nor power except by Allah.”
(Narrated by Abu Musa (r.a.), Sahih al-Bukhari; Sahih Muslim)

As for those who believe and do right actions - We impose on no self any more than it can bear - they are the Companions of the Garden, remaining in it timelessly, for ever.
(Surat al-A’raf: 42)

If as much of what is in the Garden as could be carried by a fingernail were to appear, the space between the cardinal points of the heavens and the earth would be adorned on account of it. If a man of the inhabitants of the Garden were to look down and his bracelets were to appear, his light would obliterate the light of the sun just as the sun obliterates the light of the stars.
(Narrated by Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas, at- Tirmidhi)

“[They are] on sumptuous woven couches”
(Surat al-Wa‘qia: 15)

They will have Gardens of Eden with rivers flowing under them. They will be adorned in them with bracelets made of gold and wear green garments made of the finest silk and rich brocade, reclining there on couches under canopies. What an excellent reward! What a wonderful repose!
(Surat al-Kahf: 31)

Those who dwell in the Garden of Eternity will wear crowns encrusted with pearls, the radiance of the smallest of which will illuminate the space separating the east from the west!
(At-Tirmidhi)

"Are these the people you swore that Allah’s mercy would never reach?" "Enter the Garden. You will feel no fear and know no sorrow.
(Surat al-A’raf: 49)

Gardens of Eden with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, for ever. That is the reward of those who purify themselves.
(Surah Ta Ha: 76)

But Allah will admit those who have iman and do right actions into Gardens with rivers flowing under them where they will be adorned with gold bracelets and pearls, and where their clothing will be of silk.
(Surat al-Hajj: 23)

He will have a very pleasant life in an elevated Garden.
(Surat al-Haqqa: 21-22)

There is solace and sweetness and a Garden of Delight.
(Surat al-Waqi’a: 89)

… and make me one of the inheritors of the Garden of Delight;
(Surat Ash-Shu’ara’: 85)

♥ In Shaa Allah, Ya Rub ♥ For all the Muslims, may us all meet there Ameen ♥

(to be continued In Shaa Allah ♥)

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