Eed Al Fitr Reflections

the Haram before Eed Salah from haramainrecordings.blogspot.com

the Haram before Eed Salah from haramainrecordings.blogspot.com

تقبل الله منا و منكم صالح الأعمال

The most beautiful sound on earth is the echoing of the Muezzin’s voice in the festive air on ‘Eed day,

الله أكبر الله أكبر الله أكبر لا إله إلا الله

الله أكبر الله أكبر و لله الحمد

الله أكبر كبيراً و الحمد لله كثيراً و سبحان الله بكرة و أصيلاً و صلى الله على سيدنا محمد

و على آله و صحبه و سلم تسليماً كثيراً

Allah mentions in the ayaat of fasting, 

وَلِتُكْمِلُوا الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

“…and He wants for you to complete the days and to glorify Allah for that to which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.”  (Surah Al Baqarah)

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Ramadan Reflections- Day 27

Bismillah.

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I finish praying just before Suhoor, and as I walk down the stairs to prepare for the predawn meal, I feel a wave of sadness rush through me.

It’s coming to an end. 

Another year has passed by. Another Ramadan. Just a few more hours and it will be over. 

أَيَّامًا مَّعْدُودَاتٍ

“A limited number of days…” Surah Al Baqarah

This is how Allah describes this month to us; and this verse has never struck me as hard as today. I repeat this verse over and over, every single letter ringing in my ears, and my heart is sobbing. 

What a merciful Lord! What a beautiful way of life!  The ease He wants for us, and the difficulty we put ourselves through! The love He has for us, the opportunities He gives us, and how we waste them away! And even after our heedlessness and wrong, He blesses us in ways we cannot begin to enumerate! 

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Ramadan Reflections- Day 26

Bismillah.

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The moon has always fascinated me, in all its stages. More so after learning about the Hijri calendar and moon sighting. I even remember a rhyme I used to sing back in primary school to memorize the names of the twelve months.

 

Allah says, 

إِنَّ عِدَّةَ الشُّهُورِ عِندَ اللَّهِ اثْنَا عَشَرَ شَهْرًا فِي كِتَابِ اللَّهِ يَوْمَ خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ مِنْهَا أَرْبَعَةٌ حُرُمٌ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ ۚ فَلَا تَظْلِمُوا فِيهِنَّ أَنفُسَكُمْ ۚ

Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve [lunar] months in the register of Allah [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred. That is the correct religion, so do not wrong yourselves during them. (Surah Al Tawbah)

 

يَسْأَلُونَكَ عَنِ الْأَهِلَّةِ ۖ قُلْ هِيَ مَوَاقِيتُ لِلنَّاسِ وَالْحَجِّ

They ask you, [O Muhammad], about the waxing and waning of the moon. Say, “They are measurements of time for the people and for Hajj.” (Surah Al Baqarah)

Beautiful!

 

May Allah help us unite on moon sighting and save us from moon fighting. 

-The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)

Ramadan Reflections- Day 25

Bismillah.

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As I walked into the women’s area of the masjid, I noticed that the back area had been sealed off and women were filling up only the wider front area. The extra space had been designated for men observing I’tikaf to store their baggage. A Mu’takif is not allowed to leave the masjid except in case of extreme need, so they must have all their essentials with them.

I felt a pang in my heart as jealousy seared through me; THEY ARE SO BLESSED! 

I’tikaf literally means to stick to something and block everything else out. In Shari’a, I’tikaf is a Sunnah; it is to retreat into a masjid with the intention of coming closer to Allah by being devoted in worship without any worldly distractions. 

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Ramadan Reflections- Day 24

Bismillah.

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I found myself standing amidst shelves and shelves of priceless treasures-words of wisdom penned hundreds of years ago by blessed men who worked by the flames of oil lamps in the late hours of the night; recording whatever they knew, preserving it for me and you. Their references were the Quran and Sunnah, their role model was the Prophet, and their aim was Allah’s pleasure. Their unwavering dedication, deeply rooted knowledge, and sincere intentions shine through their monumental works until this day and age.

I awoke from my thoughts realizing that time was limited. A friend and I had just walked over to the new bookstore, AlMaktaba AlAsadiyya, in Northern Aziziyah, Makkah. Fearing for our lives, we dared to cross the busy 4-lane road with 6-way traffic speeding in all directions. No pedestrian walkway, no zebra crossings or walk signals; you just barge on to the street and hope the next speeding car doesn’t hit you. Yup, totally KSA style. Stepping into the bookstore, we stared in awe at the hundreds of classical texts lining the aisles and immediately forgot all the fears and hurdles we faced on our way (including the honking taxi drivers).

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Ramadan Reflections- Day 23

Bismillah.

3980651 (1)As we near the end of Ramadan, masajid all over the world will be completing the entire Quran in night prayers. At a time like this, it is beneficial to be reminded of the real purpose of the Quran, which is not for it to be recited cover to cover many times speedily. Rather, the purpose of the Quran is  Tadabur and Tafakur, reflection and contemplation. 

Many scholars have said that it is Mustahabb (recommended) for the Imam to complete the entire Quran in night prayers so that the people can listen to it. However, there is no clear evidence that points to the fact that it is better. It is more important for the people to feel humility and peace in prayer, rather than completing the whole Quran without even understanding it due to the speed in which he might recite. 

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Ramadan Reflections- Day 22

Bismillah.

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‘Aisha radhiallahu ‘anha narrated that she asked, “O Messenger of Allah, if I realize that it is Laylat al Qadr, what should I supplicate in it?” He said, “You should supplicate,

اللهم إنك عفوتحب العفو فاعف عني

“O Allah, You are the Pardoner, and You love to pardon, so pardon me.”

This is a short prayer which contains treasures that we can only begin to admire.

The word ‘Afuw in the Arabic language means to erase so that no traces are left behind. This attribute of Allah is very close to His forgiveness, but it has a deeper, more intricate meaning. To forgive a sin would be to prevent the punishment, but to pardon would be to completely erase and wipe it out. For example, on the Day of Judgement, a man’s sin will be written in his Book of deeds, but Allah will forgive his sin and grant him respite. That is His forgiveness. On the other hand, he may open his book and find that his sin has been erased as though he had never committed them! This is ‘Afuw.

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Ramadan Reflections: Day 21

Bismillah.

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We’ve quickly moved into the last ten days of Ramadan. I feel the pressure building up and its hard not to feel regret at that one hour, that one minute lost and wasted.  There’s increasing hope of witnessing Laylat Al Qadr, the worship of which is equal to eighty three years!  It is the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam to strive even harder in the last ten days of Ramadan with extra prayers and recitation of the Quran. It really is an opportunity never to be missed, if only we recognized it’s true value.

إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ

وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ

لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ

تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِم مِّن كُلِّ أَمْرٍ

سَلَامٌ هِيَ حَتَّىٰ مَطْلَعِ الْفَجْرِ

Verily! We have sent it (this Quran) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree). And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is?

The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, (i.e. 83 years and 4 months). 

Therein descend the angels and the Ruh [Jibrael] by Allah’s Permission with all Decrees,Peace! (All that night, there is Peace and Goodness from Allah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn. (Surah Al Qadr)

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Ramadan Reflections- Day 20

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Every step taken here is rewarded. Every effort made to come here is recorded. Every prayer offered therein is multiplied immensely. The blessed sanctity of Masjid AlHaram has a special place in the heart of every Muslim. It is the center of the earth, the heartbeat of this Ummah, the key image of Islam and its followers. No Muslim is ignorant of its sanctity nor is he unaware of the many ayaat and ahadith signifying its unparalleled status. So much so that certain permissible actions are made forbidden in its sacred vicinity and exceptional rules are laid down to preserve its purity.

إِنَّ أَوَّلَ بَيۡتٍ۬ وُضِعَ لِلنَّاسِ لَلَّذِى بِبَكَّةَ مُبَارَكً۬ا وَهُدً۬ى لِّلۡعَـٰلَمِينَ

Verily, the first House (of worship) appointed for mankind was that at Bakkah (Makkah), full of blessing, and a guidance to Al-‘Alamin (the mankind and jinns). Aal Imran

Rasulullah (S) said, “One Salaah in my Masjid is better than one thousand Salaah anywhere else except al-Masjid al-Haraam. One Salaah in al-Masjid al-Haraam is better than one hundred thousand Salaah anywhere else.” [Collected by Ahmad, Ibn Maajah; graded saheeh by al-Albaanee in Saheeh al-Jaami‘]

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Ramadan Reflections: Day 19

Bismillah.

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I miss him. I really do. 

مُّحَمَّدٌ رَّسُولُ اللَّهِ

“Muhammed (is) the Messenger of Allah…” Surah Al Fath

لَقَدْ جَاءَكُمْ رَسُولٌ مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ عَزِيزٌ عَلَيْهِ مَا عَنِتُّمْ حَرِيصٌ عَلَيْكُم بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ رَءُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ

“There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; [he is] concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful.” Surah Al Tawbah

مَّا كَانَ مُحَمَّدٌ أَبَا أَحَدٍ مِّن رِّجَالِكُمْ وَلَٰكِن رَّسُولَ اللَّهِ وَخَاتَمَ النَّبِيِّينَ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمًا

Muhammad is not the father of [any] one of your men, but [he is] the Messenger of Allah and last of the prophets. And Allah is All-Aware of everything.” Surah Al Ahzab

وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ

“And verily, you (O Muhammed) are on an exalted standard of character.” Surah Al Qalam

Sometimes during a rough patch, I sit there trying to convince and comfort myself, trying to forgive and forget, trying to find a way out of some particular situation, and my thoughts lead me to him. “If he was still here…” 

A’ishah said, “Blessed is He, Whose hearing has encompassed all things. I heard some of what Khuwaylah bint Tha’labah said, while some of it I could not hear although I was in the other room. She was complaining to Allah’s Messenger about her husband. She said, “O Allah’s Messenger! He spent my wealth, exhausted my youth and my womb bore abundantly for him. When I became old, unable to bear children, he pronounced the Dhihar on me! O Allah! I complain to you.’

Khuwaylah bint Tha’labah narrates, “I told him (the Messenger of Allah) what happened and kept complaining to him of the ill treatment I received from ‘Aws. He said, (O Khuwaylah! Your cousin is an old man, so have Taqwa of Allah regarding him.) By Allah! Before I departed, parts of the Qur’an were revealed about me. Allah’s Messenger felt the hardship upon receiving the revelation as he usually did and then became relieved. He said to me, (O Khuwaylah! Allah has revealed something about you and your husband.) He recited to me,

قَدْ سَمِعَ اللَّهُ قَوْلَ الَّتِي تُجَادِلُكَ فِي زَوْجِهَا وَتَشْتَكِي إِلَى اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ يَسْمَعُ تَحَاوُرَكُمَا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ سَمِيعٌ بَصِيرٌ

“Indeed Allah has heard the statement of her (Khaulah bint Tha’labah) that disputes with you (O Muhammed) concerning her husband (Aws bin As-Samit), and complains to Allah. And Allah hears the argument between you both. Verily, Allah is All-Hearer, All-Seer.” Surah Al Mujadilah

There are countless stories of the Sahabah rushing to him for advice and help. They must have felt so confident in accepting that advice! They must have felt so comforted by those assuring words! Then the tears come and I lament my loss. The Ummah’s loss.  

 

قال أبو بكر بعد وفاة رسول الله لعمر: انطلق بنا إلى أم أيمن نزورها، كما كان رسول الله يزورها. فلما انتهينا إليها بكت، فقالا لها: ما يبكيك؟ ما عند الله خير لرسوله . فقالت: ما أبكي أن لا أكون أعلم أن ما عند الله خير لرسوله ، ولكن أبكي أن الوحي قد انقطع من السماء. فهيجتهما على البكاء، فجعلا يبكيان معها

After the death of Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Abu Bakr said to ‘Umar: “Let us visit Umm Ayman as Messenger of Allah used to visit her”. As we came to her, she wept. They (Abu Bakr and ‘Umar) said to her, “What makes you weep? Do you not know that what Allah has in store for His Messenger is better than this worldly life?”

She said, “I weep not because I am ignorant of the fact that what is in store for the Messenger of Allah is better than this world, but I weep because the Revelation has ceased to come”.This moved both of them to tears and they began to weep along with her.

-The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)