Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Ramadan reflection

This is beautiful & worth reading..

Very beneficial ...

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Many of us feel inadequate this Ramadan. Long hours of fasting with short nights makes it hard for those of us who are parents of young kids, or those of us working full time, or those of us who are unable to fast, "FEEL" Ramadan. We can't do the extra worship we used to and even when we get in our extra Qur'an or pray in the mosque we can't even concentrate, so we end up just feeling lame.

But what we really need is a perspective shift.

We need to recognize that taking care of the future generation, providing financial support for ourselves and loved ones or taking care of our health are some of the highest forms of worship in and of themselves. We just need to make the intention and internally shift our perspectives.

Give yourself 5 minutes, just you and Allah swt. Sit and raise your hands and share what's in your heart with Him in your own words, even though He is well aware of it. Allow the burden of your frustration with yourself to be lifted off your shoulders and into His Hands.

"Oh Allah , I feel distant from you and it hurts especially because it's Ramadan and I want to feel close to You in this month. Please, accept all my sacrifices for Your Sake and let me taste the sweetness of our relationship together through what I'm doing. As much as I wish I could be in the masjid and concentrate when reading Qur'an like I used to do to get that eman high, I can't. But I'm doing whatever I can to fulfill the responsibilities You've given me in this phase of my life. So please, write me amongst the highest in Paradise, pour barakah into my life and let me taste the sweetness of my relationship with You through what I'm doing."

Then, just keep renewing your intention. Remember, even the mundane (brushing your teeth) can be worship with your intention. And try to increase your dhikr just a little bit when you're walking to your car or washing the dishes or taking your meds or going to sleep.

The beauty of Islam is that it doesn't restrict worshipping God to praying, fasting and reading Qur'an. It can encompass your daily actions simply through your intention. 

As Abdullah ibn Mubarak said: "Perhaps a great deed is belittled by an intention. And perhaps a small deed, by a sincere intention, is made great." 

This Ramadan, make your worship something transformational. Choose to understand your relationship with Allah  as one which will continue even when your life changes. Choose to magnify your intention.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Quotes of Umar ibn khatab RA

Some of the best quotes by "Ameerul Mu'mineen" Umar ibnul Khattab (ra), the second Khalifah of Islam 

"Get used to a tough life, for luxury does not last forever"
— Umar ibnul Khattab (ra) 

"I have never regretted my silence. As for my speech I've regretted it many times" 
—Umar ibnul Khattab (ra) 

“Allah loves moderation and hates extravagance and excess.”Umar Ibn Khattab (ra)

"I thought of all types of wealth, but couldn't find a better wealth than contentment in a little"
— Umar ibnul Khattab (ra)

"Let not your love become attachment, nor your hate become destruction.”
—  Umar ibnul-khattab {ra}

“May God bless the man who says less and does more.”
—  ‘Umar ibnul Khattab (ra)

“Patience is the healthiest ingredient of our life.”
—  Umar Ibnul-Khattab (ra)

“Doing good for a good done to you is simply repayment, whereas doing good for an evil done to you is a tremendous virtue.”'Umar ibnul Khattab (ra)

Umar ibnul Khattab (ra) said: ”Invite people to Islam even without words” They asked ”How?” He replied ”With your manners.”

“I fear the day where disbelievers are proud of their falsehood and Muslims are shy of their faith.” Umar ibnul-Khattab (ra)

"The biggest gift after Iman (Faith) is your wives."
 — Umar ibnul Khattab (ra )

SubhanAllah
May Allah grant us taufeeq to implement Aameen

Ramadhan with Nusaybah

Yesterday was the first time my Nusaybah (5 years and 7 months) attempted to fast from lunch (1:30pm) till maghrib (9:24pm). 
she wasn't complaining ماشاء الله 
apart from the time she saw her little sister had dinner at 6pm! Lol

When ifthar time arrived, I could see the excitement and happiness, while we were sitting and made دعاء together on the dinner table, she kept asking:" can I eat now? Is it time for ifthar now?" For 5-6 times! 

I then reminded her the Hadith about the two happiness of those who fast
1. When they break their fast
2. When they meet Allah ﷻ due to the reward of their fasting

She eventually understood and stopped asking

Today, I asked her again if she wants to fast again, she said:" I don't think so mama, I will be sooo hungry like yesterday" lols

She then asked: "so how long are you going to fast mama?"

"29 or 30 days ان شاءٓ الله " I said

What makes me happy and touched the most is her next comment:

"I hope the Ramadan will be 30 days, mama.... So that the door of Jannah open longer and gate of jahannam close for longer as well, and shaitan will be chained for 1 more day" 

Allahumma bariklaha

Indeed...it reminded me a Hadith

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّهُ كَانَ يَقُولُ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مَا مِنْ مَوْلُودٍ إِلَّا يُولَدُ عَلَى الْفِطْرَةِ فَأَبَوَاهُ يُهَوِّدَانِهِ وَيُنَصِّرَانِهِ وَيُمَجِّسَانِهِ كَمَا تُنْتَجُ الْبَهِيمَةُ بَهِيمَةً جَمْعَاءَ هَلْ تُحِسُّونَ فِيهَا مِنْ جَدْعَاءَ ثُمَّ يَقُولُ أَبُو هُرَيْرَةَ وَاقْرَءُوا إِنْ شِئْتُمْ فِطْرَةَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ اللَّهِ

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “No one is born except upon FITRAH (instinct to worship Allah), then his parents turn him into a Jew or Christian or Magian......,,

Source: Sahih Bukhari 1292, Sahih Muslim 2658

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Ramadan Mubarak

Marhaban Ya Ramadhan

May this Ramadhan become life changing moment for us

May Allah ﷻ showers His blessing and forgiveness in this blessed month

May Allah ﷻ writes our name to be one of those who are freed from the hellfire 

May Allah ﷻ accepts our Siyaam, Salawat, ad'iyaat, ruku', sujuud and every good deeds we do

May Allah ﷻ grants us the ultimate result: being Al muttaqun

May Allah ﷻ grants the victory to Islam and Muslims very soon

اللهمّ امين يا ربّ العالمين 

RAMADHAN MUBARAK 1436H - 2015

Yumna/ Yuni and family ❤️