The Secret to Maximizing Your Day!

It was the practice of the pious predecessors to recite Quran before starting off their day in order to gain more blessings in their day. And if they had more to do then they would recite more Quran so that they can increase the blessings. 
SubhanAllah.. amazing insight. It makes sense why they got so much done in the day and why we on the other hand – even with our fast-everything lifestyle – fail to find time to do the things that are important to us.

The secret formula? Not extra time.

 

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If people are not there for you then know that Allah is Always Is

Just heard a very disturbing story first hand, whereby a revert sister went through a difficult time in her life which caused her Eman to decrease and as a result caused her to remove her hijab. 

The sad thing was that her Muslim friends decided to tell her off and desert her instead of sticking by her and practising the very essence of sisterhood.

SubhanAllah.. May Allah forgive and grant us understanding.

To my dear Muslim sisters, remember to never judge anyone. This is only up to Allah. We do not know what caused people to do what they are doing, what was their situation and what was the root cause.

Remember that when advising someone we do so in the best possible way as the Prophet (saw) taught us and harshness often does more harm then good.

And most importantly remember that your practising of Islam is a blessing from Allah and being given such blessing should not make us arrogant for Allah may forgive a person for their ignorance and punish you for your arrogance.

Finally, if this has happened to you and your Muslim friends were not there to support you when you needed them then do not despair, know that Allah is always there for you. Never fall into the trap of judging the beautiful teachings of Islam by the actions of the people who practise it.

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My Experiences with Taraweeh Now

Once upon a time when I used to go pray Taraweeh prayers, they were different. I found myself getting bored, staring at the carpet at times and getting a bit frustrated at other times – why? Simply because I didn’t understand what the Imam was reciting. Though his voice was beautiful, I really wanted to understand what he was saying but being a non-Arabic speaker, I only knew how to read the Quran, not understand it and I felt really left out especially when the Imam recited some verses that caused him and people to tears… everyone except me of course ( unless I cried because I didn’t understand anything! lol – joking :P )

I am sure many can relate to my experiences, so from that frustration of not understanding, I prayed to Allah that he granted me the ability to understand his words. I didn’t know how, where, the way to go about but I just asked Allah for it.

And one thing lead to another, I got into learning more Arabic, Quran etc and fast forward a few Ramadans and things are completely different! Alhamdulilah, my taraweeh today is completely different to my experience then and its something that I really look forward to daily because I understand so much more now! :)

No doubt, I still have a long way to go in my Quranic Arabic/Arabic in general – But if you find yourself in that same boat that I was in before then don’t lose hope. I totally understand what your going through.

What you need to do is make that sincere intention and ask Allah for it because he will open up a way for you even if you find yourself busy with so many things. You can do it, but only with Allah’s help.

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Where & How to Learn Arabic Online

Many people have asked me how and where I learn Arabic and Quran online so instead of just listing the links to the websites, I decided to create a post about this so I can also include in a few things that I have learned with learning Arabic (fusha/classical) through this mode.

 

Firstly, many of us would love to get that opportunity to go overseas to learn Arabic but not everyone gets the chance. So instead of dreaming, we should all do what we can within our capability to get closer to this goal. The good thing about having this attitude is that even if we do end up going overseas then at least we would know the basics of Arabic which many people who actually have gone overseas advise others to learn first.

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How to Dream of the Prophet (SAW)

We all wish that we had the opportunity to meet the Prophet (s) in person and see his beautiful serene face. But don’t feel down by this, today there is still a window of opportunity to see the Prophet (May peace and blessings be upon him) in this world, not physically – of course – but in a dream.

In the following video, Sheikh Muhammad Hassan explains how you can be one of those who can get this opportunity. (Note: This video does not give you a magic solution, its more of a lesson in life. Ensure that you watch the entire video to take the whole message).

May Allah unite us in Jannah Al Firdoz with the Prophet (May peace and blessings be upon him)

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5 reasons why every Muslim needs to learn Arabic

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The Imam clears his throat and begins

Bismillahi Ar Rahmani Rahim, Alhamdulilahi Rabil a’lameen

This is going to be a long night you think, as you start the first set of a 20 rakaat Taraweeh prayer. The mind games begin to unfold, the analysis of the carpet commences and you begin to follow on behind the Imam not understanding a word that is being uttered.

Does this situation sound familiar?

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Virtues of fasting during hot days

This article is dedicated to all my brothers and sisters patiently enduring the summer heat. May Allah reward the translator of this article.

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Virtues of fasting during hot days
Ibn Rajab alHanbali in ‘Lata’if al-Ma’arif’ (p. 272-273)

And from the acts of worship whose reward is multiplied during the heat is fasting, and this is because of the thirst that one experiences in the mid-day heat.

This is why Mu’adh bin Jabal expressed regret on his deathbed that he would no longer experience this mid-day thirst, as did other early Muslims.

And it was related that Abu Bakr would fast in the summer and not fast in the winter, and ‘Umar advised his son ‘Abdullah on his deathbed: “Try to obtain the characteristics of faith,” and the first one he mentioned was fasting in the intense summer heat.

And al-Qasim bin Muhammad said that ‘A’ishah would fast in the intense heat, and he was asked: “What drove her to do this?” He replied: “She would take advantage of the days before death.” And some of the righteous women would choose the hottest days and fast them, saying: “If the price is low, everyone will buy,” meaning that she wanted to do those actions that only a few were capable of due to how hard it was to do them, and this is indicative of the high aspirations these women had.

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How do I pay off my Student Loan? It seems impossible!

Part 1 |  Part 2

So now what? We have just learned that delaying your HECs payments can incur riba (even more for those who already have one) but the question remains. How can we do this? How can we implement this ruling? This article is going to all about practicality, bithnillah.

First of all, we must change our mindset. Once we say that we can’t do something then automatically our minds shut down and no longer wishes to explore the possibilities.

Therefore, I request that before you begin reading this article, you say out loud to yourself (or in your head, if there are people around you :P)

“I will pay off all my HECs debt inshaAllah”

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Predicament of HECs Loans: Interest or Not?

Part 1  |  Part 2

Alhamdulilah, I have been blessed to be amongst those who were given the opportunity to attend the AlKauthar, Real Deal Course: Fiqh of Business Transactions by Shaykh Tawfique Chowdhury recently. In this course, the haram behind many of our day to day transactions were exposed but one of the issues that really intrigued me was that of HECs (University Student Loans). It is because it affects many of us today but unfortunately there seems to be very little information available on this topic.

In this two part series, I hope to address this issue and clear up the ambiguity surrounding it, insha Allah. I have structured this article in a way that the reader can go through all the basics first in order to give them a clear understanding on how the ruling is derived.

A term that I will be using throughout this post is the term ‘riba’ – meaning interest.

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Gracious

Islam is the religion of knowledge therefore it is no surprise that the first aayah of the Qur’aan to be revealed enjoined reading- the key to knowledge. Allaah says:

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Story of a pencil

(a nice forward mail I got from a friend)

That depends on how you look at things. It has five qualities which , if you manage to hang on to them , will make you a person who is always at peace with the world.

‘First quality: You are capable of great things,but you must never forget that there’s a hand guiding your steps. We call that hand ‘GOD’ and he always guides us according to his will.

Second Quality: Now and then, i’ve to stop writing and use a sharpener. That makes the pencil suffer a little but afterwards , he’s much sharper. So you too, must learn to bear certain pains and sorrows, because they’ll make you a better person.

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