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


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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)


Ramadan Reflections: Day 18


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Through the tinted glass window that separates the men’s area of the masjid from the women’s, I see rows of young boys barely aged seven to thirteen in their white thobes and Arab headdresses. They are mostly students of the Shaikh that regularly attend classes in Masjid Sudais. http://gama3alsudais.com/ Every year in Ramadan, at least five students achieve their goal of memorizing the Quran. 

One of the most profound miracles of the Quran is that children who have barely reached the age of full discernment manage to memorize it perfectly. These children grow up in the shade of the Quran, and no matter where the tides of life takes them, they are sure to rely on and come back to what they had learnt in their early years. 

Al Suyotee said, “Teaching children the Quran is a fundamental from the fundamentals of Islam. By it the child will grow up upon the fitrah (natural instinct of monotheism) and the light of wisdom will rush to their hearts before desires are able to settle in and darken them with clouds of disobedience and misguidance.”

A child is an empty vessel of innocence that is waiting to be filled. He is waiting to be molded into shape by those who have been entrusted by Allah to take care of him. You can make him, or you can break him. What better way to ensure success in upbringing than to make the Quran a daily habit and life companion! You’ll be giving them a friend, a support, a guide, and a go-to in the difficulties that come with growing up.

One mother says, “I was certain that the Quran would be a source of light for my children in the Dunya and Akhirah, and so I pledged that I would strive with my children to memorize it. We began memorizing one Ayah every day, and discussing it’s meaning and benefits derived from it. My children would often ask me to repeat the discussion that we would have because they developed a love for it, especially if there were stories. In this way, I began memorizing the Quran with my children aged three, five and seven. Now, by the Grace of Allah, they have completed Surah Al Baqarah despite their young age. After they had completed, I organized a party for them and we gave them gifts and sweets as encouragement. We continue to do this until inshaAllah, we will complete the whole Quran. The number of Ayaat in Surah Al Baqarah is 286, so it took us 286 days to memorize it. The number of Ayaat in the Quran is 6,236. Therefore, it would take approximately 18 years and a month to memorize the whole Quran.”

Further, what better way to earn immense reward than to teach your children the Quran?

The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, 

من قرأ القرآن و تعلمه و عمل به ألبس يوم القيامة تاجاً من نور ضوؤه مثل الشمس و يكسى والداه حلتين لا يقوم بهما الدنيا فيقولان بم كسينا؟ فيقال: بأخذ ولدكما القرآن

Whoever recites the Quran, learns it and acts according to it will be given a crown of light to wear on the Day of Judgement, (and) it’s light will be like the sun. His parents will be clothed in two garments that did not exist in the world. So they will say, “What has caused us to be clothed in these garments?” And it will be said to them “Your child taking hold of (memorizing) the Quran has caused this.” 

Lets make our homes gardens of Paradise on earth, in which His book is recited and He is remembered morning and evening.

اللهم اجعل القرآن العظيم ربيع قلوبنا و نور صدورنا و جلاء أحزاننا و ذهاب همومنا و غمومنا و دليلنا و سابقنا إليك و إلى جناتك جنات النعيم

اللهم ذكرنا منه مانسينا
و علمنا منه ماجهلنا
و ارزقنا تلاوته آناء الليل و النهار على الوجه الذي يرضيك عنا
اللهم اجعلنا ممن يحلل حلاله و يحرم حرامه و يعمل بمحكمه
و يؤمن بمتشابهه و يتلوه حق تلاوته 

اللهم اجعلنا ممن يقيم حروفه و حدوده و لا تجعلنا ممن يقيم حروفه و يضيع حدوده


-The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)


Ramadan Reflections: Day 17


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It fell into the deep, dark ditch. The fire engulfed every inch of it’s rock surface. It blackened and crackled. For the first time ever, it withered and ashes fell like snow.
“The fire was created to melt hardened hearts.” Ibn Al Qayyim

How many times have we sat there, dry eyed, unmoved, while the Khateeb gave us reminders to wake up from our spiritual slumber? How many times have we read stories of the Sahabah who were tortured for believing, while we were born into Muslim households, barely having to raise a finger for our faith? How many times have we talked about a hadith, taught it, learnt it, while our hearts remained unaffected? And how many times have we heard the Quran being recited, while the tears don’t come, and the skins don’t shiver, and the faith doesn’t boost?

The same Quran about which Allah says, 

إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِرَ اللَّهُ وَجِلَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَإِذَا تُلِيَتْ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُهُ زَادَتْهُمْ إِيمَانًا وَعَلَىٰ رَبِّهِمْ يَتَوَكَّلُونَ

The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His Verses (this Quran) are recited unto them, they (i.e. the Verses) increase their Faith; and they put their trust in their Lord. (Surah Al Anfal)

اللَّهُ نَزَّلَ أَحْسَنَ الْحَدِيثِ كِتَابًا مُّتَشَابِهًا مَّثَانِيَ تَقْشَعِرُّ مِنْهُ جُلُودُ الَّذِينَ يَخْشَوْنَ رَبَّهُمْ ثُمَّ تَلِينُ جُلُودُهُمْ وَقُلُوبُهُمْ إِلَىٰ ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ هُدَى اللَّهِ يَهْدِي بِهِ مَن يَشَاءُ ۚ

وَمَن يُضْلِلِ اللَّهُ فَمَا لَهُ مِنْ هَادٍ

Allah has sent down the best statement, a Book (this Quran), its parts resembling each other in goodness and truth, oft-repeated. 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. That is the guidance of Allah. He Guides therewith whom He pleases and whomever Allah sends astray, for him there is no guide. (Surah Al Zumar)

وَلَوْ أَنَّ قُرْآنًا سُيِّرَتْ بِهِ الْجِبَالُ أَوْ قُطِّعَتْ بِهِ الْأَرْضُ أَوْ كُلِّمَ بِهِ الْمَوْتَىٰ ۗ بَل لِّلَّهِ الْأَمْرُ جَمِيعًا ۗ

And if there had been a Quran with which mountains could be moved (from their places), or the earth could be cloven asunder, or the dead could be made to speak (it would not have been other than this Quran). But the decision of all things is certainly with Allah. (Surah Al Ra’d)

لَوْ أَنزَلْنَا هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ عَلَىٰ جَبَلٍ لَّرَأَيْتَهُ خَاشِعًا مُّتَصَدِّعًا مِّنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّهِ ۚ وَتِلْكَ الْأَمْثَالُ نَضْرِبُهَا لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ

Had We sent down this Quran on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rending asunder by the fear of Allah. Such are the parables which We put forward to mankind that they may reflect. (Surah Al Hashr)

اللهم إني أسألك قلباً خاشعاً و عينا دامعاً و لسانا ذاكراً


-The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)


Ramadan Reflections: Day 16


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Here’s a list of 32 benefits of fasting in Ramadan

1- It is a pillar of Islam.

2- The religion is not complete except by it

3- It is a shield from the Fire of Jahannam

4- Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala frees His servants from the Fire in Ramadan

5- Whoever fasts in Ramadan with complete faith, hoping for reward from Allah will be forgiven for his sins

6-The gates of Paradise are opened in Ramadan

7- The gates of Hell are closed

8- The Shaytan is chained up

9- Taraweeh prayers are a special part of worship in Ramadan

10- The reward for fasting is immensely great, nobody knows its true reward except Allah (Fasting is for Me, and I will reward for it.)

11- Laylat Al Qadr falls in Ramadan, it is better than a thousand nights

12- All the Divine books were sent down in Ramadan, and the Quran was revealed in Ramadan as well

13- Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala caused great victories for the Muslims in Ramadan

14- The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam would increase his recitation of the Quran and he would make his prayers longer in Ramadan

15- He would spend more on Sadaqah in Ramadan

16- He would spend his nights in worship and wake the sleeping people and encourage his Ummah to strive hard in worship

17- He encouraged us to control our tongues from unnecessary talk, backbiting, cursing, swearing 

18- He encouraged us to make more Dua’a and be persistent because the Dua’a of a fasting person is not rejected

19- The odor emitting from the mouth of a fasting person  is sweeter to Allah than the smell of Musk

20- The reward of a fasting person cannot be measured because of the patience that he observes 

21- Fasting and praying will be intercessors for the person on the day of Judgement

22- There is a gate of Paradise called Al Rayaan that is exclusively for the people who fast

23- Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala frees the same number of people from the Fire in the last day of Ramadan as He does throughout the whole month

24- The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam would recite the Quran to Jibreel ‘alayhissalam every night of Ramadan, it is Sunnah to revise and recite the Quran

25- He would leave off all other work in order to concentrate on worship

26-It is recommended to increase the recitation of Quran in Ramadan and try to complete it more than once

27- It is highly recommended to seek Laylat Al Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan

28- It is from the mercy and favor of Allah that He gave us the opportunity to fast in order to purify our souls and rectify our deeds

29- It is also from His mercy that our fasts are not as long as the fasts of those who came before us (they would fast in the nights as well)

30- It is from His mercy that He legislated fasting for those who are fully capable and He allowed those who are sick or travelling to make up for the fasts on other days

31- It is from the Sunnah to hasten breaking the fast and it has more reward

32- The Suhoor meal is a Sunnah that is loaded with Barakah and goodness 

اللهم كما بلغتنا شهر رمضان فأعنا فيه على الصيام و القيام و اجعلنا ممن قام رمضان إيمانا و احتسابا فغفرت له ما تقدم من ذنبه و ما تأخر 

-The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)

-Translated from Shaikh Saalih Abdullah ibn Humayd’s treatise on Ramadan

Ramadan Reflections: Day 15


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For the fifth time this week, I was torn between attending prayers at the Masjid and praying at home. I love the smooth, soothing recitation of the Imam and the tranquil aura of the Masjid, but praying at home gives me the opportunity to spend some alone time with the Quran that I have memorized. What is the best option? I love both.

I know some people who vehemently discourage women from praying in the Masjid and argue that she has a greater reward if she prays at home. On the other hand, I know some women who are students of knowledge and they try to attend prayers at the Masjid as much as possible because it is easier for them to concentrate and study in the Masjid environment. 

After a few frantic searches and questions, I came to a conclusion:

A woman’s prayer in her home is better for her, but if she finds increased goodness through righteous  company and  beneficial lessons in the Masjid, then she should go as long as she maintains her cover. 

-The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)


Ramadan Reflections: Day 14


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I was contemplating my own state of imbalance when a thought struck: how do we handle our weaknesses? When is a weakness bad, and when is it good? How does a person differentiate between human weaknesses and human nature? Is there even a difference? Do we give in? Do we beat ourselves up over it? How do we get back up after beating ourselves up over it? Where’s the moderate path, please? Question after question after question, and I’m getting nowhere.

A mother’s weakness is her child. She exerts all her energies in raising the child, caring for him, worrying about him. Its the mercy that she feels which motivates her to do all that she does. She is constantly anxious about his well being and happiness. Isn’t this what a mother should be like, though?

Hold that thought, is this weakness now, or is it just her nature?

My mind was muddled so I directed my thoughts to Niqabinja.

She rushed, “Yeah, I’m weak, you’re weak, خُلِقَ الْإِنسَانُ ضَعِيفًا.” 

Yes! That’s my answer, and she didn’t even have to complete her sentence. Two minds are better than one. (أحبك في الله)

The ayah just hit the nail on the head.  I think I know where to go from here.

يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ أَن يُخَفِّفَ عَنكُمْ ۚ وَخُلِقَ الْإِنسَانُ ضَعِيفًا

And Allah wants to lighten for you [your difficulties]; and mankind was created weak. (Surah Al Nisaa’)

Perfect! His legislation and  His prohibition are actually mercy and ease. He knows we are weak and feeble, therefore, He commanded us to do what is easy, without exceeding our boundaries.

So it is perfectly natural for a mother to be weak when it comes to her child. Its just love (which, I believe, is another dimension of human weakness). If, however, the weakness drives her to become so obsessive that she forgets to obey Allah, rather she disobeys Him to spoil her child, the weakness has become a calamity for her. 

وَلَقَدْ عَهِدْنَا إِلَىٰ آدَمَ مِن قَبْلُ فَنَسِيَ وَلَمْ نَجِدْ لَهُ عَزْمًا

And We had already taken a promise from Adam before, but he forgot; and We found not in him determination. (Surah Taha)

Forgetfulness is part of human nature and its a weakness. Sometimes, though, it can be a blessing in that over time we may forget the psychological harm that a person had caused us, and we learn to forgive them. Therefore, forgetfulness helps forgiveness, and forgiveness is an essential part of healthy relationships. It makes the world go ’round.

وَكَانَ الْإِنسَانُ عَجُولًا

And man is ever hasty. (Surah Al Isra’a)

Haste is part of human nature and its a weakness. We may make hasty decisions that become the cause of regret. Sometimes, though, it can be a blessing if a person practices haste in doing good deeds and rushing towards goodness. 

We are weakness upon weakness. Discontent, boastfulness, ingratitude, disbelief, oppression, impatience, miserliness, arrogance, heedlessness. The successful ones are those who will find a moderate way to deal with their weaknesses. Accept them and learn to deal with them. Exaggeration would be doing more than we can bear, negligence would be not trying enough, but moderation is the perfect path. 

Abu Hurayrah narrated from the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, “Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extreme, but try to be near perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded. Gain strength by offering the prayers in the mornings, afternoons, and during the last hours of the night.” Sahih Bukhari

وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا

And those who strive for Us – We will surely guide them to Our way. (Surah Al ‘Ankabut)

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala loves patience, striving, justice, trust, repentance, purity, virtuousness, piety, kindness, humility, strength, forgiveness, love.

اللهم يا أمل اليائسين و  يا أنيس المنفردين و يا حبيب المحبين و يا رجاء المنقطعين و يا جليس الذاكرين و يا من هو عند قلوب

المنكسرين و يا غياث المستغيثين

لن تطاع إلا بعلمك و لن تعصى إلا بعلمك تطاع فتشكر و تعصى فتغفر أقرب شهيد و أدنى حفيظ حلت بين النفوس و أخذت بالنواصي

و كتبت الآجال و نسخت الآثار

 القلوب لك مفضية و السر عندك علانية

و الحلال ما أحللت و الحرام ما حرمت و الدين ما شرعت و الخلق خلقك و الأمر أمرك و العبد عبدك

أنت الغني و نحن الفقراء إليك لا إله إلا أنت سبحانك إنا كنا من الظالمين

 يا من أظهر الجميل و ستر القبيح

يا من لا يأخذ بالجريرة و لم يهتك الستر يا باسط اليدين بالرحمة يا حسن التجاوز يا واسع المغفرة

 اللهم استر عوراتنا و آمن روعاتنا

اللهم اعتق رقابنا من النار 


 -The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)

Ramadan Reflections: Day 13


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The moment I’ve been waiting for is finally here! A chance to pray in Shaikh Muhammad Al-Muhaisny’s masjid for a second year in a row! Subhanallah, it wasn’t so long ago when I would listen to his beautiful recitation on YouTube, being so moved by his tilawah and amazed by his khushu’ in Salah. But little did I know that one day I would pray behind him and hear him LIVE! Alhamdulillah, all praise due to Allah for his countless favors.

As the time for Isha Salah crept in, we hopped into the car, determined to find the masjid he was leading in. A few friends had told us that the old Qatari masjid he led in last year was completely demolished, and now Al-Rajhi masjid had become his new headquarters. But I wouldn’t believe it until I saw it. After several minutes of driving in circles, we came across what I assumed was the all-new Al-Rajhi masjid. The architecture was simply spectacular! Needless to say, the masjid was huge! Just the parking lot seemed to go on for miles, and it was jam-packed! I instantly rolled down my window, straining to hear the Imam’s voice, hoping it was Shaikh Muhaisny.

 قُلْ إِنَّ صَلَاتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ ۖ وَبِذَٰلِكَ أُمِرْتُ وَأَنَا أَوَّلُ الْمُسْلِمِينَ

Say: Lo! my worship and my sacrifice and my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the Worlds. He has no partner. This am I commanded, and I am first of those who surrender (unto Him). (Surah Al An’aam)

And indeed, it was! Oh the joy we all felt to hear him again. As his recitation continued through the last verses of Surah Al-An’aam, I strode through the huge parking lot and headed towards the masjid. My eyes welled up with tears realizing how much I craved this recitation. Recordings and YouTube videos could never pacify my thirst for a recitation that would shake my heart, overcome my eyes, and soothe my ears. And Alhamdulillah, I found it!

By the time I entered the masjid, I could hear the whole congregation in tears as the Shaikh recited:

وَالْوَزْنُ يَوْمَئِذٍ الْحَقُّ ۚ فَمَن ثَقُلَتْ مَوَازِينُهُ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ


The weighing on that day is the true (weighing). As for those whose scale is heavy, they are the successful.  And as for those whose scale is light: those are they who lose their souls because they disbelived Our revelations.

Subhanallah, I stood in awe at the level of Khushu’ the Shaikh had, and his ability to move the hearts of those with him. A true gift from Allah much too seldom in today’s world!

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ قَلْبٍ لاَ يَخْشَعُ، ومِنْ دُعَاءٍ لاَ يُسْمَعُ، وَمِنْ نَفْسٍ لاَ تَشْبَعُ، وَمِنْ عِلْمٍ لاَ يَنْفَعُ، أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ هَؤُلاَءِ الأَرْبَعِ

-The Sahara Bloggers (Niqabinja)

Ramadan Reflections: Day 12


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Her parents were known for their decency. She was under the care of her uncle, who was the most righteous man of her time. She grew up to be a chaste woman who was reputed for her modesty. Her only occupation was to serve the religion of Allah. Until now, she represents purity and dignity. She is known to be from the four best women in all of mankind. She has been defended in the Quran, and Muslims testify to her innocence. 

Yet she was tested in the very honor that set her apart from everybody else.

Allah had this matter decreed for her. She would have to face the accusing eyes of her people, and she would have to face it alone. It was one of the most difficult moments in her life, but she had no human companionship to seek solace and comfort in. Secluding herself until she could, she knew that she would eventually have to go back. The thought of the blemish that would stain her reputation made her wish for death. 

قَالَتْ يَا لَيْتَنِي مِتُّ قَبْلَ هَٰذَا وَكُنتُ نَسْيًا مَّنسِيًّا

 She said, “Oh, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion, forgotten.” (Surah Maryam)

She wanted to be forgotten, erased, wiped out of the minds of people so that she would not have to go through the agony of false accusation.

Her sacrifice was for Allah, thus He did not abandon her. He provided an angel’s company, fresh water and dates, and simple instructions for the confrontation with her family and friends. She had reinforcements from the Divine source of love, mercy and protection.

فَكُلِي وَاشْرَ‌بِي وَقَرِّ‌ي عَيْنًا

“So eat, and drink, and cool your eyes…” (Surah Maryam)

Where do we stand in comparison? 

The most powerful lesson for us in her story is the obedience she so diligently stuck to. She was a sincere, dutiful servant of Allah and He put her through a test. She passed because of her patience, submission, and trust in Allah’s Will and Decree.

Her test was great, her sacrifice was great, and her reward will also be great.

I ask Allah to teach us submission, and to drag us by our forelocks to His obedience and piety.

 -The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)

Ramadan Reflections: Day 11


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I always thought that Dua’a is an amazing aspect of Islam. More so after experiencing many eye-opening incidents. This time was the best though. I was really left flustered and well, grateful.

وَقَلِيلٌ مِّنْ عِبَادِيَ الشَّكُورُ

“And few of My servants are grateful.” (Surah Saba’)

The pursuit of happiness renders many of us blind in these fast-paced days. There’s always a want for more, and nothing satisfies a heart that craves the world. If only I had that, I would be happy just like her. Or, if only I had done that, my life would have been easy just like him.

كُلُوا مِن رِّزْقِ رَبِّكُمْ وَاشْكُرُوا لَهُ ۚ بَلْدَةٌ طَيِّبَةٌ وَرَبٌّ غَفُورٌ

“Eat from the provisions of your Lord and be grateful to Him. A good land [have you], and a forgiving Lord.” (Surah Saba’)

Too often we covet the blessings that we see on others without wondering, “Does it really make them happy? Are they really content?” Little do we know about the status of their faith, let alone the fact that the blessing they are in is an extremely difficult test of thankfulness. 

The incident made me revise my list of Dua’as for this Ramadan. 

اللهم اجعلنا عند البلاء من الصابرين و عند النعماء من الشاكرين

 -The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)