~Daughters of Islaam~


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Juz 11 Reflection

Bismillah,

We are still in Surat At-Tawbah in this Juz. As we said before, in Surat at-Tawbah, Allah exposes the Munafiqin or hypocrites who hated going out with the Prophet () in Jihad and disliked giving from their wealth in the path of Allah.

Subhan Allah, one verse in this Juz that really amazed me is the ayah

أَلَمْ يَعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ هُوَ يَقْبَلُ التَّوْبَةَ عَنْ عِبَادِهِ وَيَأْخُذُ الصَّدَقَاتِ وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ هُوَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ

Do they not know that it is Allah who accepts repentance from His servants and receives charities and that it is Allah who is the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful?

Allahu akbar how merciful and forgiving is Our Lord! Even after exposing them for who they are, Allah still calls these munafiqin to turn to Him and repent and that He would accept their repentance!

When I was first learning Surat At-Tawbah I used to wonder why is it known as the Surah of Tawbah(Repentance) when most of the Surah talks about Jihad and fighting and the hypocrites. But if you look closely it is clear. Turning to Allah is mentioned several times in this chapter and this Juz.

There were three companions who did not go out for the Battle of Tabuk and without any excuse. Allah also says about them towards the end of the surah,

ثم تاب عليهم ليتوبوا إن الله هو التواب الرحيم

Then He turned to them so they could repent. Indeed, Allah is the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful.

 

No matter how great your sin is, remember the mercy of Allah and His forgiveness is GREATER. Allah tells us He is AT-TAWWAB meaning that He is always accepting the repentance of those who repent and turning to those who turn to Him. He is AR-RAHEEM, The Exceptionally Merciful to the Believers.

Another beautiful ayah in this Juz is,

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ يَهْدِيهِمْ رَبُّهُم بِإِيمَانِهِمْ ۖ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهِمُ الْأَنْهَارُ فِي جَنَّاتِ النَّعِيمِ

Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – their Lord will guide them because of their faith. Beneath them rivers will flow in the Gardens of Pleasure.

 

Its really beautiful that Allah says Allah will guide the believers who did righteous deeds with their faith(eman). Our faith is light in the ocean of darkness, the darkness which consists of disbelief, corruption, deviancy and all evil. Your eman is what you should hold on to in times of difficulty and in times of fitnah.

It is not enough to be Muslim. Doing good deeds is a form of protection for the believer in his/her grave and on the Day of Judgement, it is will help you get over the Sirat!

May Allah make us successful!

Allah also says in this Juz in the end of Surat Yunus,

ألا إن أولياء الله لا خوفٌ عليهم ولا هم يحزنون الذين امنوا وكانوا يتقون

Unquestionably, [for] the allies of Allah there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.

Those who believed and were fearing Allah.

In this Surah, the attacks of the Mushrikin on the Prophet and his Da’wah is often mentioned. The main concept of this surah is Tawhid or Oneness of Allah and how the Quran is the final revelation of Allah and preserved.

So who are the allies of Allah? They are those who have Emaan(faith) and Taqwa(fulfill the commandments of Allah and avoid the muharramat ie disobedience of Allah).

The greatest allies of Allah are no doubt the Prophets and Messengers of Allah. They are the ones who carried the message of Tawhid on their shoulders from the moment of prophethood and until they breathed their last. They were the best humans to walk the earth. They were pure and goodhearted men.

They were the best humans before and after prophethood, so when the disbelievers would attack them once they saw the prophets calling to the truth, they found everything and anything to try and tarnish their message and reputations.

The Messenger of Allah was accused of being insane, he was called a madmand, a liar, a sorcerer. They then attacked the Quran.

Allah protects His awliyaa’ by granting them peace of mind in this Dunya and not protecting them from His punishment in the Hereafter.

May Allah make us from His awliyaa’.


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Juz 9 and 10 Reflection

Bismillāh,

Allāh says

﴿ وَلَقَدْ ذَرَأْنَا لِجَهَنَّمَ كَثِيرًا مِنَ الْجِنِّ وَالْإِنْسِ لَهُمْ قُلُوبٌ لَا يَفْقَهُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ أَعْيُنٌ لَا يُبْصِرُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ آذَانٌ لَا يَسْمَعُونَ بِهَا أُولَئِكَ كَالْأَنْعَامِ بَلْ هُمْ أَضَلُّ أُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْغَافِلُونَ ﴾.

And We have certainly created for Hell many of the jinn and mankind. They have hearts with which they do not understand, they have eyes with which they do not see, and they have ears with which they do not hear. Those are like livestock; rather, they are more astray. It is they who are the heedless. 

Surat al A’raaf:179

 

 Allāh tells us about the nations who disbelieved in their prophets and messengers. Starting with the people of Nūh عليه السلام whose people accused him of being upon clear misguidance(ayah 60) and then with ‘Ad, the people of Hūd عليه السلام whose people accused him of foolishness (ayah 66) and Thamūd, the people of Sâlih عليه السلام whose people also disbelieved in and mocked often by trying to deter the believers from following him. (ayah 75)

Allāh compares these nations and so called civilizations to “cattle” because they did not use their intellect, sight and hearing to embrace the truth. Not only did they deny the truth but they also waged war against it and called others to not accept it.

Despite being nations of power during their times, Allāh degrades them by comparing them to cattle, actually they are worse as Allāh says, “rather, they are more astray.”

A soul without iman is lost and misguided and blind.Allāh says that He made Hellfire for them and their likes all because of their insistence on Kufr and polytheism and corruption.

 وما ربك بظلام للعبيد

Juz 10

 

قل لن يصيبنا الا ما كتب الله لنا هو مولانا وعلى الله فليتوكل المؤمنون

Say, “Never will we be struck except by what Allah has decreed for us; He is our protector.” And upon Allah let the believers rely. 

Surat At-Tawbah:51

No matter how small the numbers of the believers, Allāh will always give victory to the truth and its adherents. Victory isn’t tied to strength and power in terms of worldly affairs, it is tied to iman and taqwa.

In this Juz, we are reminded of our beloved Rasul صلى الله عليه وسلم and his companions in the first major battle of Islām. The disbelievers were greater in number than the believers but victory was granted to the Awliyaa’ of Allāh and a small group of believers defeated the army of disbelief.

It teaches us a strong lesson that Allāh is enough for the believers,

يا أيها النبي حسبك الله ومن اتبعك من المؤمنين

O Prophet, sufficient for you is Allah and for whoever follows you of the believers.

Surat al Anfal:64

Time of adversity and hardships help in purifying the ranks of the believers as we see in this Juz.

In this Juz, Allāh mentions the hypocrites often. Surat at-Tawbah was revealed during the Battle of Tabūk which was the last major battle in which the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم participated.  Allāh exposed the hypocrites who were coming to the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم with false excuses as to why they couldn’t join the ghazwa.

We see in this Juz and in these verses, how the hypocrites are always a problem in this ummah. They delay the victory of Allāh.

﴿ وَمَا مَنَعَهُمْ أَنْ تُقْبَلَ مِنْهُمْ نَفَقَاتُهُمْ إِلَّا أَنَّهُمْ كَفَرُوا بِاللَّهِ وَبِرَسُولِهِ وَلَا يَأْتُونَ الصَّلَاةَ إِلَّا وَهُمْ كُسَالَى وَلَا يُنْفِقُونَ إِلَّا وَهُمْ كَارِهُونَ ﴾.

And what prevents their expenditures from being accepted from them but that they have disbelieved in Allah and in His Messenger and that they come not to prayer except while they are lazy and that they do not spend except while they are unwilling.

Surat at-Tawbah:54

May Allāh protect us from nifāq and kufr and fusūq. Amīn.


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Why we wear the Niqab

large“Why do you wear that on your face?”

“Aren’t you hot in that?”

“You’re in America. Don’t wear that!”

“Are you carrying a bomb under that?” 😂

As a Muslim woman born and bred in the USA, it is often puzzling for Americans to understand why on Earth a woman living in the west would choose to veil her face.

Unfortunately we live in a society where Islam is always portrayed as violent and backwards in most media outlets(especially FOX news).

So most people watch the news and when they see a Muslim woman in Niqab they immediately think ISIS or extremism/fundamentalism.

Ignorance is widespread and the American public need to educate themselves on Islam and Muslims especially in this “Make America Great Again” era.

And us Muslims living in the West have a responsibility to give dawah and first learn the basics of our Deen and the correct way to respond to and explain things.

Here are some reasons Muslim women choose to wear the Niqab.

1. We wear it out of love and obedience to Allāh, the one and only God worthy of worship.

In Islam, the Muslim woman is obligated to observe  the Hijab or jilbab as the Qur’an states (chapter 24 verse 31, chapter 33 verse 59)

Most Muslim women in America don’t wear the Niqab but those who wear it observe it as an extra act of worship.

The early Muslim women in the time of the prophet (sala Allāhu alayhi wa sallam) wore it and they are the best of examples for Muslim women in every era.

2. It is an act of worship.

Some Muslim women wear the Niqab because they believe it is an obligatory part of the Hijab.

Others believe it is Sunnah or an optional act of worship.

3. We wear the Niqab in a society that sexualizes women and so by wearing the Niqab we make a powerful statement and force society to judge us by the way we think and not by how we look.

This can be applied to a Muslim woman who wears Hijab but not the Niqab as well.

4. It is a mark of modesty.

In Islam, modesty and chastity are considered  to be beautiful traits of the believers and the Niqab helps us to observe good character in general.

5. Niqab betters our relationship with Allāh.

Some women wear the Niqab to get closer to Islam and become more practicing.

It pushes them to take their religion more seriously and to not care about what others think of their religiosity or etc.

I’m sure there are other reasons but these are the most common ones. Please share other reasons you can think of in the comments section!

And Allāh knows best!

Wassalaam.


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*The Muslimah and the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah*

*THE MUSLIMAH AND THE 10 DAYS OF DHUL HIJJAH*

Sisters! The best days of the dunya are upon us!
May Allāh grant us tawfiq and accept our good deeds!

Here are some practical ibadaat the Muslimah can get used to these blessed days. Yes even if you are a mother in Sha Allāh!

1. Praying your Sunnah prayers (the rawatib after the obligatory prayers like the 2 rakahs before fajr, 2 rakahs after dhuhr and maghrib and ishaa)

2. Salat ad Dhuhaa’. Do you know of this beautiful salat my sister! It is the prayer of the repentant (Al awwabeen! Those who always turn to Allāh).

It doesn’t take much of your time to pray 2 or 4 rakahs every day between sunrise and dhuhr time. In Sha Allāh try it!

3. Reciting the Qur’an.
The Quran is the greatest form of dhikr. How can it not be when it is the very kalaam(speech) of Allāh azza wa jall!

Make an effort these days to read a half page or a page or more than that and be consistent!
Subhan Allāh the rewards of reciting the Quran are too many to count! 10 hasanat for each letter!! Allāhu akbar.

4. Sending salat and salaam on the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and increasing in various forms of dhikr like tasbeeh, tahmeed, tahleel and etc.

Its good to make a habit to say Subhan Allah, Alhamdulilah, Allahu akbar 10 or 25 or 33 times after your obligatory prayers and saying la ilaha illa Allah once.

Or saying la ilaha illa allahu wahdahu la sharika lah, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu wa huwa ala kulli shayyin qadir 10-100 times a day.

Or saying Subhan allahi wa bi hamdih subhan allahil adheem 100 times a day ( you can break it down throughout your day like 10-25 times until you complete 100)

5. Give sadaqa by any means!

Save yourselves from the hellfire! Wallahi Jannah is haqq and Narr is haqq as our prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said and he taught us to save ourselves from hellfire even if it be with something small as a date. Specifically us women should practice to give sadaqa more so yaa akhawat give sadaqa give in the way of Allāh!

6. Fasting

Fasting the day of Arafat is one of themost important acts of worship in these days but fasting some of the first 10 and all 9 if possible is also very good for those of us who can!

7. Enjoin good and forbid evil!

Yes! Advice your brothers and sisters in Islam and call to the way of Allāh in the best of ways.
ومن أحسن قولا ممن دعا إلى الله وعمل صالحاً وقال إنني من المسلمين
Keep good relations and ties with those who have haqq on you and be patient with them and advice them.

In this modern society, this beautiful ibadah has become more and more rare. Let’s revive the Sunnah of Al amr bil ma’roof wan nahy ‘anil munkar!

8. Raising your children and taking care of them throughout the day with the intention of ibadah is in and of itself an act of worship. Even cleaning and cooking with the proper niyyah is all ibadah and will be accepted from you so don’t feel discouraged or lose hope sister!
إن الله لا يضيع أجر من أحسن عملا

Allah does not waste the reward of the one who does good.

And Allāh knows best!
وصلى الله على نبينا محمد وعلى اله وصحبه وسلم


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Mothers who made Glory series

Assalamu alaikum!

I’ve compiled the short biographies of some of the great mothers of our early scholars in this post so that the articles may be easily accessible.

 

Part 1: Umm Rabee’ah

https://daughtersofislaam.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/mothers-who-made-glory-part-1-umm-rabeeah/

Part 2: Umm Malik

https://daughtersofislaam.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/mothers-who-made-glory-part-2-umm-malik/

Part 3: Umm al Shafi’i

https://daughtersofislaam.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/mothers-who-made-glory-part-3-umm-imam-shafii/

Part 4: Umm Ahmad

https://daughtersofislaam.wordpress.com/2018/12/02/mothers-who-made-glory-part-4-umm-ahmad/

Part 5: Umm Sufyan

https://daughtersofislaam.wordpress.com/2018/12/21/mothers-who-made-glory-part-5-umm-sufyan-ath-thawri/

May Allah have mercy on these Giants of Islam and allow us to follow in their footsteps. Aameen.

 


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What is this life?

What is Dunya but a few days.

What is Dunya but a few hours until the angel of death visits you.

What is Dunya but a temporary home-a transit to the Aakhirah.

What is Dunya but a place of temptation and tests.

What is Dunya but a curse for the oppressor and transgressor and in Aakhirah He faces Allah.

What is Dunya but a beautiful garden that keeps one busy from hard work.

What is Dunya but a reminder that the Hereafter is where the true life is.

What is Dunya but Lahw(amusement and La3ib(play).

What is Dunya but a lie and ghuroor(a deceiving enjoyment)

 Don’t be fooled by the reality of this life. Remember it is but a few days so make the best of it. How?

Worship Allah and live a goodly life. Hate kufr and disobedience as you hate to be thrown into fire.

Love. Give. Be grateful in times of ease and thank Allah for the many blessings. Be patient in times of hardship and pray alot.

 


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An interview with Haafidha Awo Salad

Bismillaah. All praise is due to Allah who sent the Book as a guide for all mankind. He sent to us the most complete and perfect of medicine for the hearts as He says,

And We send down from the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe.. (Surat Israa: 82)

And peace and blessings upon the final Prophet and messenger and upon his companions and followers until the Day of Judgement.

Alhamdulilah I had the honor to interview a young Haafidha from Minnesota, USA. She is a student at AAIC( Abubakar Assiddiq Islamic Center) in Minneapolis. Sister Awo Salad shared with us her inspirational journey with the Qur’an and tips for hifdh and revision.

1. Please introduce yourself.
Assalamu alaykum, My name is Awo Mohamed Salad and I am 20 years old. I’m a senior at the University of St. Thomas studying Secondary Education with a focus in Social Studies and a concentration in History.
2. When did you start and complete Tahfidh?
I started dugsi(Somali Qur’an school) when I was 3. I then started Abubakar in the year 2006 and Abubakar Tahfidh in 2008 and am still in it to this day Alhamdulillah.
3. Can you please describe your journey?
To put it short, it was filled with many ups and downs. I started out as a student who lacked in pushing herself and it was initially hard for me to do more than 2 pages a day. A teacher once said to me that I had the potential to be better than what people thought of me, and the advice he gave me stuck with me till today. I finished the Qur’an in March 2010, and shortly thereafter started the actual hifdh of the Qur’an. Within the the next year, I had finished the Qur’an the second time. We started doing competitions in mid 2015 and my first competition was in the 30 juz category. For the last 4 years, I have participated in a dozen plus competitions. In addition to that, we began qira’aat in 2015 with a focus on the qira’aah of Asim which includes both Shu’bah and Hafs. We also started memorizing Shatibiyyah shortly after. We started 4 qira’aat: Ibn Amir, Asim, Kisaai, and Khalaf al Aashir in 2016 and we graduated in March of this year. We have finished memorizing Shatibiyyah and are now moving onto Durrah and the 10 qira’aat.
4.  Of course, the journey with the Book of Allah is the most beautiful thing ever but how did you find it? Easy, difficult, stressful?
Well I started my rigorous journey while I was a young child, 8 years old. I always had a support system consisting of my parents, my teachers, and my friends throughout the whole process. I developed habits to curb my stress like voluntary fasting on Mondays and Thursdays and building a stronger connection with Allah through Qur’an and that helped me A LOT. Especially with getting through junior high/high/college.
5. In the beginning, did you focus more on revision or new hifdh?
We actually used to just focus on memorizing 5 juz at a time. So until you memorize the first 5 juz PERFECTLY, you wouldn’t be able to move on. More of the focus was a balance between new hifdh and old hifdh.
6. Can you provide practical tips for Revision (Muraja’a) like how often should one revise?(daily or weekly)
Ideally, I would start low, so like 1-2 juz a day. And then once you finish the first time, increase it to 2-3, and then 3-4. Once you feel like you’ve adapted, set a cap at 5 juz a day and be CONSISTENT. try not to miss a day.
7.  What motivated you to begin the qira’aat?
The time came for it. We had finished memorizing the Quran and it seemed like it was best for us to move on to the next step. It was insightful to learn new ways of Quran recitation.
8. What is your advice to sisters who wish to memorize but aren’t motivated or enthusiastic enough?
As a woman, it is good to consider the fact that you will be the person first responsible for teaching your children the keys to learning the Qur’an. I’m not anti-dugsi, in fact I promote dugsi systems, but I also believe strongly that an educated woman, especially one in the Qur’an, is going to prove being vital for her children. In addition to that, we need more women and sisters to rise up as teachers and scholars in the Qur’an and other Islamic studies. The Qur’an is the key to everything.
9. Who was your biggest supporter in your Qur’an journey?
My parents, my teachers, and my dugsi friends.
10. Do you feel like the Muslim community in the US needs more female teachers? Specifically in Minnesota.
Oh yeah!! Most females, especially at that older age, might not feel comfortable having a male teacher, and that’s totally understandable. Having a girl teacher to bridge that gap, that also has the same credentials or more as the male teachers is what we need.
11. What are some practical tips for a person doing Tahfidh for the first time?
  1. Set high, but reasonable goals.
  2. Be consistent, have a routine schedule.
  3. Have a consistent teacher.
  4. Don’t ever lose hope. It’s going to be a long journey, and don’t feel discouraged if you feel that you aren’t reaching the goals you set. Reevaluate your goals and keep trying.
12. How were you balancing school and tahfidh?
I started out when I was in elementary school, so I kind of have been scaffolded into developing habits to help me balance the two out. Especially in my middle/high/college years I learned that I had to use my time wisely. And also I learned that teachers are understanding in both school and dugsi(Qur’an school), and it’s all about communication. Let your teachers know of any huge assignments and projects, etc and they can help with giving you time and easing you of Tahfidh/dugsi pressures.
13. Do you feel that you have reached a level of itqaan? Do you still maintain a routine for revision?
I do feel fully confident in my grasp of the Quran. I complete the Quran every 2-4 weeks depending on the time that’s available and how much work I put in to coming on time, or coming earlier.
14. Tell us about your teachers and the impact they had on your Qur’an journey.
Honestly speaking, I wouldn’t be who I am if it wasn’t for the teachers who molded me into the person you see here. Every single teacher that taught me offered a set of skills that have today benefitted me in everything that I do. Some have become father figures to me who advise me not only on Quran related things, but life endeavors as well.
16. How was your journey with the Shatibiyyah?
Loooooooong, but was definitely worth it. Poems like this really help one navigate through qira’aat and understanding it.
Jazaakillaahu khayran sister Awo. May Allah bless you and your teachers and family. And may He make us from the people of the Qur’an.
~Umm Ibrahim, Daughters of Islaam


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Laylatul Qadr

One night changed the history of mankind forever. The Night of Decree. Allah destined that Muhammad ibn Abdillah would become the seal of prophets and carry His message of Tawheed.

It was in this blessed night that the revelation began to descend on our beloved Messenger over the course of 23 years.

A night that is greater than 1000 months in which Jibril and the angels descend with mercy from their Lord, carrying His praises. Angels who fill the Earth with peace, serenity and tranquility.

Subhan Allah it’s truly amazing and powerful to think how one night changed everything forever till the end of time and how mankind was in loss and confusion just a few seconds before that.

How was the condition of our Rasul in the cave of hiraa’ when Jibril descended upon him with the first words of the Qur’an?

He sala Allahu alayhi wa sallam was in a state of worship(ta3abud).

He would often go up to this mountain and worship in the cave and contemplate the creation of Allah. He enjoyed seclusion and that’s a very beautiful lesson for us all.

Mixing with people alot is not good. Sometimes our nafs needs that khulwa/seclusion…that retirement. Worshipping Allah in private is one of the greatest acts of worship because the servant becomes really sincere in his/her worship because there is no room for wanting to be seen (riyaa’).

The prophet sala Allahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned in the Hadith of the Seven under the shade of Allah,

ورجل ذكر الله خاليا ففاضت عيناه

And a man who remembered Allah in private until tears streamed down his face. [Bukhari and Muslim]

 

So in these final days of Ramadan, forget everyone and everything. Find an area in your home and seclude yourself with Allah in the last part of the night. Reconnect  with Allah and cry and beg for forgiveness and mercy because the prophet sala Allahu alayhi wa sallam said

من قام ليلة القدر إيمانا واحتسابا غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه

Whoever stands in prayer on laylatul qadr out of sincere faith and seeking Allah’s mercy, he will be forgiven his past sins.

اللهم بلغنا ليلة القدر

اللهم إنك عفو تحب العفو فاعف عنا


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Farewell Ramadan

Bismillaah.

Ramadan. It was only a few weeks ago we were yearning for Ramadan and getting ready to attend the beautiful Taraweeh prayer in the Masjid.

And finally, the long awaited guest  arrived and in Sha Allah we benefited from the stay.

And now our honorable guest will be departing soon.

Subhan Allah it seems like it was just yesterday that we started our fast and now here we are. The last 5 days of the blessed month.

There is no doubt Ramadan will come again just as it does every year. The thing we should really be concerned about and asking ourselves is, “will I be here next Ramadan?”

We should also really self reflect and ask ourselves, “have we really benefited and reaped the fruits of this beautiful month??”

Ramadan is the month of the Quran as Allah says

شهر رمضان الذي أنزل فيه القرآن هدى للناس وبينات من الهدى والفرقان

The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong).

Surat Baqarah:185

Were we among those who spent a good amount of time with the book of Allah these past weeks  and reconnected with His glorious revelation?

Or did we barely look at the Mus-haf.  Did we instead choose to waste our time on Netflix and other nonsense?

It really is sad and heartbreaking to see a believer wasting his/her time especially in this month.

Allah is calling you to seek His forgiveness and mercy and is guaranteeing you forgiveness of your previous sins and great reward yet you choose to not answer His call? Makes no sense.

To be honest it is a sign that Allah does not want good for you dear sister.

Allah described Ramadan as أياما معدودات meaning, “a fixed number of days”

And that’s exactly what these days of Ramadan are. So let us make the most of them. Let us make this Ramadan one in which we renew our pact with Allah azza wa jall.

Let us make this Ramadan one of change and promise Allah that we will be firm and remain strong throughout the year. We will not let shaytan overcome us.

Imagine one sajdah you made to Allah in your qiyaam being the cause of forgiveness from past sins. Allahu akbar.

The Messenger of Allah sala Allahu alayhi wa sallam said

من قام رمضان إيمانا واحتسابا غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه

Whoever stands in optional night prayer out of sincerity of faith and in hope Hope of Allah’s mercy will have his past sins pardoned. [Bukhari and Muslim]

How merciful Allah is to the slave of His who constantly chooses to disobey and transgress His boundaries. Indeed, Allah truly is Ar Rahman and Ar Raheem, the Most Merciful and Especially Merciful.

He truly is Al Ghafoor, the Oft-Forgiving.

May Allah forgive us this blessed month and accept from us and make us from the successful.

 

~Umm Ibrahim

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Beautiful Umrah Experience

  

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الحمد لله رب العالمين،وصلى الله وسلم وبارك على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين

To describe this experience as anything less than surreal would be erroneous, and to describe it as surreal would be an understatement. Its out of my capacity to sufficiently relay the emotions and experiences of this trip but hopefully this will give a glimpse of it.

Alhamdulillah I spent the first two weeks of this year in the holiest of cities. From the moment I stepped out of the airport I was in complete awe of what surrounded me. We landed in Medina a couple hours before Fajr prayer after nearly two days of travelling. All fatigue, worry, and jet lag was lifted from me. As the adhan for Fajr prayer was called we dropped our bags off at the hotel and joined the flood of Muslims walking to our beloved Prophet’s ﷺ  mosque. The unity and mutual love and compassion I felt for those strangers reminded me of this verse:

 

وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتُ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ ۚ يَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ وَيُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَيُطِيعُونَ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ سَيَرْحَمُهُمُ اللَّهُ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ       

“The believers, men and women, are supporters of one another; they enjoin good, and forbid evil; they perform the Salah, and give the Zakah, and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have His mercy on them. Surely, Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.”

(Surah At Tawba; verse 71)

Walking on the very land that my beloved Prophet ﷺ walked upon, and his companions walked upon, and the giants of our religion have walked upon granted me solace and a (greater) sense of pride in my religion . As Sh. Hudhayfi’s voice echoed the words of our Lord سبحانه و تعالى, and birds flew inches from our faces, chirping harmoniously, the peace and serenity felt at that moment was unmatched.

3am in the Prophets masjid ﷺ — after many failed attempts of getting into ar-Rawdah an-Nabawiyah , we were told that there was entry for sisters right after fajr prayer. As the iqamah for fajr neared, the inside of the masjid was packed with multitudes of sisters wanting to benefit from the virtues of the Rawdah. What really caught my eye was a lovely Bengali woman who treated us like her daughters. She made sure we sat in front of the gate before it opened and advised us to be gentle when entering. Such were the people of medina; easy-going and mindful.

Alhamdulillah, after the gates were opened we were able to find a sufficient space to pray in considering the amount of people present. No words to describe the rush of emotions at that moment. Knowing that Rasulullah ﷺ  and his beloved companions— Abu Bakr and ‘Umar رضي الله عنهما —were buried just a few feet away was definitely a blessing.

The rest of our week in Medina consisted of touring historical Islamic sites, and hearing the adhan 5 times a day, all while living within walking distance of where Allah’s Messenger ﷺ was buried. Each prayer in that masjid was intimate and increased our urge to pray even more. There wasn’t an hour from the 24 in which the masjid was vacant. They say New York never sleeps, if only they knew of Medina.
8pm arrival in Makkah — Finally making it to Makkah where the holy ka’bah was located, we planned on making ‘Umrah the following morning as it would be less populated. By the blessing of Allah, we completed our first ‘Umrah walhamdulillah. Upon first sight, the ka’bah seemed unreal, as if it wasn’t there. Hundreds of believers making 7 circuits around a house, the house, of their Lord just as their beloved Messenger ﷺ  had done. That was the epitome of Islam; complete submission to The Most High. One could hear the lowly whispers of dhikr and dua, some held back tears while others seemed to forget everything around them and cried in the manner of a child reunited with their mother.

Never have I come across a people so humble and hospitable as the people of the holy cities. As the adhan for Maghrib prayer was called, an older Saudi sister nudged me to take a sesame-covered date, and refused to take no for an answer. Both the sister and her daughter treated us with the utmost respect and generosity, from pouring us Zamzam water and making small talk. A truly humbling experience to receive this treatment from strangers in the house of Allah.

 

There are countless additional sentimental moments, but these were certainly highlights. I sincerely advise any sister or brother reading this to make the intention for ‘Umrah or Hajj for Allah’s sake. Before you save up for a vacation to Bali or Santorini, do yourself a favor and visit the holy cities. The spiritual satisfaction/contentment, the virtue and reward, the feeling of peace and serenity submerging every fiber of your being, will be worth it and more In shaa Allah. I ask Allah to grant you all the opportunity over and over again.

Your sister in Islam,

Umm Sufyan