~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

 


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True Happiness

If we want peace of mind and happiness in this life and the next, we have to stick to the Quran and Sunnah (we have to read, ponder and act in accordance to them). Beware of turning away from and ignoring them.
وَمَنْ أَعْرَضَ عَنْ ذِكْرِي فَإِنَّ لَهُ مَعِيشَةً ضَنْكًا وَنَحْشُرُهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ أَعْمَى * قَالَ رَبِّ لِمَ حَشَرْتَنِي أَعْمَى وَقَدْ كُنْتُ بَصِيرًا * قَالَ كَذَلِكَ أَتَتْكَ آيَاتُنَا فَنَسِيتَهَا وَكَذَلِكَ الْيَوْمَ تُنْسَى
{But whoever turns away from My Reminder will certainly have a miserable life, then We will raise them up blind on the Day of Judgment.
He will say, “My Lord, why have you raised me blind while I was [once] seeing?”
Allah will respond, “It is so, just as Our revelations came to you and you neglected them, so Today you are neglected.”} (20:124-126)

And look at what Allah said about the people of guidance and the people of deviation.
فَمَنْ يُرِدِ اللَّهُ أَنْ يَهْدِيَهُ يَشْرَحْ صَدْرَهُ لِلْإِسْلَامِ وَمَنْ يُرِدْ أَنْ يُضِلَّهُ يَجْعَلْ صَدْرَهُ ضَيِّقًا حَرَجًا كَأَنَّمَا يَصَّعَّدُ فِي السَّمَاءِ
{So whoever Allah wants to guide – He expands his breast to [contain] Islam; and whoever He wills to leave astray – He makes his breast tight and constricted as though he were climbing into the sky. Thus does Allah place defilement (ignominy) upon those who do not believe.} (6:125)

Everyone is looking for happiness and contentment. True happiness is in a humble and submissive salah in which you call upon Allah and beg for pardon, knowing that He loves to pardon. You turn to Him in repentance, while being certain that He loves to accept repentance. You beg of His forgiveness, knowing that He is the Most Forgiving. Real happiness and contentment is in obedience to Allah, in salah, in du’a, in (reciting) Quran, in dutifulness to parents, in maintaining family ties, in adopting good character and conduct, in relying upon Allah while being serious, in striving and making use of beneficial material means.

True happiness is with righteous and pious companions.


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Lonely?

O my nafs do not feel sad at your state of affairs

How can you be sad and feel lonely when you are in the best of company

The book of Allah is your life and the very air you breathe

Your heart longs for the touch of the soft pages and the sound of the turning of the pages

Be happy and optimistic

Others are drowning in the ocean of disbelief and in the darkness of misguidance and deviance

Allah has chosen for you the best of companions
Allah is teaching you to not love and be close to anyone but Him

Allah is showing you that people come and go

But He will always be there for you and protect you.

Allah is teaching you to love His book and to learn it and ponder it

Spend the hours of the dawn and late hours of the night reciting from it so that it may he an intercessor for you on that day…that day where no wealth or anything will be of benefit to you

That day when none will care for you nor your final abode except your beloved messenger and the trustworthy companion….the best friend….the truest of friends who promised to not forsake you ….that day you wonder, will it be a proof for me or against me

Do not feel sad my nafs when you have the best Advisor by your side

A book that has all the answers to your worries and problems in life.

It is your daily dose of faith and serenity

May such a friendship and companionship forever last and always remain…

May Allah never put the love of others in my heart over the love of the Qur’an…


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Hasad destroys brotherhood

Hasad…a destroyer of brotherhood.

It is one of the arrows of Shaitan which causes much division, enmity and hatred among the believers.

Hasad is a very powerful disease of the heart. It can drive one to do the most horrendous things. It can make the individual so blind in their hatred thus driving him/her to carry out the evil act.

Just look at the story of Yusuf alayhis salaam and his brothers. Their jealousy of Yusuf drove them to envy him and then to plot to kill their brother. They left him in a well to die.

What’s common and unfortunately very sad is to see this sick disease of hasad among practicing Muslims….more so, students of knowledge and the like.

One does not need to admit they have hasad. It can be obvious from their actions or what we call in Arabic lisaanul Haal

The prophet sala Allahu alayhi wa sallam clearly said

لا تحاسدوا

Do not envy one another.

How can we not fear Allah and forget these beautiful clear-cut words.

Islam is a beautiful Deen. It’s a way of life that teaches one to be content and happy with what Allah has given you or written for you.

If there is someone more beautiful than you or smarter than you then that is a favor Allah has bestowed upon this individual but it is not give you any excuse to envy or hate on him/her.

He Sala Allahu alayhi wa sallam also said

ولا تباغضوا

And do not hate one another.

If Allah has blessed so and so with abundant wealth, a big house,many children or a great career then that is not for you to hate nor envy this person for the blessings Allah has granted him.

These blessings are also a test for us humans and a great responsibility.

We need to teach our nafs to practice shukr an ni3am(practicing gratitude). We need to be grateful slaves to Allah the Most High. We need to strive to be among the “few”

As He said

وقليل من عبادي الشكور

And few of my servants are grateful.

As mentioned before this disease of the heart seems to be widespread among students of knowledge and practicing Muslims nowadays which is very sad really.

You will find practicing Muslims cutting off or distancing themselves from their fellow Muslims due to jealousy and hasad they’re suffering from..

So what if Allah has blessed so and so with more knowledge or a better understanding of the Deen than you. Or if Allah has blessed so and so with better looks, wealth, acceptance and love of the people.

Be content with what you have. Practice shukr and sabr.

ذلك فضل الله يؤتيه من يشاء

That is the favor of Allah He grants to whom He wills..

Sometimes the person will choose to get distant from so and so if not cut him off completely or based on the pretence of ‘we don’t see eye to eye’

Wallahi it’s really sad because they don’t realize it but it’s a tactic of Shaitan to cause division and hatred among the believers.

Islam is a religion of brotherhood and kindness. It is a religion where when two Muslims meet and shake hands their sons are erased. What a beautiful Sunnah!

Meeting your brother or sister in Deen with an open face, smiling and not frowning. That’s counted as sadaqa!

All praise is due to Allah for making us Muslims and allowing us to earn good deeds in the easiest of ways!

The Shaitan does not look to attack the strong and sincere brotherhood.

But Allah warns us

وقل لعبادي يقولوا التي هي احسن إن الشيطان ينزغ بينهم إن الشيطان كان للإنسان عدوا مبينا

And say to My slaves that they should (only) say those words that are the best. (Because) Shaitan (Satan) verily, sows disagreements among them. Surely, Shaitan (Satan) is to man a plain enemy.

One word can completely destroy a friendship/brotherhood that lasted years.

We also need to realize that we are human beings. When our brother/sister in Islam of many years makes a mistake it’s better to overlook their shortcomings or advice them in the very least.

It is true some people will always carry on with their bad habits. And if after advising for so long, its better to leave it in Allah’s hands.

But we should never have the intention to make hajr (cut off, boycott) another Muslim and Allah does tell us the first step to take when problems occur between the believers.

Allah says

إنما المؤمنون إخوة فاصلحوا بين اخويكم

Verily the believers are but brothers so make reconciliation between your brothers.

The most beautiful and strongest brotherhood is the one built on this ayah

واعتصموا بحبل الله جميعا ولا تفرقوا

And hold fast, all of you to the rope of Allah and be not divided amongst yourselves.

We need to set our differences aside. Allah did not create us all the same.

We should accept the good from each other and fix the bad together without taking offense nor going on defense mode.

Umar ibn khattab may Allah be pleased with him did say that there is no benefit in a friendship where there is no one advicing one another or taking the advice.

Islam is a religion of sincere advice as is reported from our prophet alayhis salaatu was salaam

اللهم ألف بين قلوبنا واصلح ذات بيننا واجعلنا إخوة في السراء والضراء واجعلنا ممن يستمعون القول فيتبعون أحسنه


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Allah will not forget your struggle…

Allah will not forget your struggle with concentrating in your Salat…

Allah will not forget your patience with those who attack and criticize your hijaab and niqab..

Allah will not forget your struggle in correcting your mistakes when memorizing His Noble Revelation and the many hours you spent memorizing and reviewing…

Allah will not forget your courage in going out to school and work with your hijab on every day and fearing none but Him…

Allah will not forget your jihaad(struggle) with the desires and inclinations and whispers of Shaytan to sin…

Allah does not waste the reward of those who do good

إن الله لا يضيع أجر المحسنين

Keep your head high oh Muslimah in this age of ghurbah where evil is seen as good and good is seen as backward.

In the end, victory will be for the believers.

In the end, it is the believers who will have the last laugh.

In the end, it will be a group in Paradise and a group in hellfire.

In the end, it will be said to the believers

Peace be unto you, enter Paradise for that which you used to do.