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Trials! May 20, 2009

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“He whom Allah has predestined to enter Paradise, the reasons which will cause his entrance shall spring from calamities; and he whom Allah has predestined to enter the Hellfire, the reasons which will cause his entrance shall spring from lusts.” – Ibn Al-Qayyim

This piece of wisdom from Imam ibn-al Qayyim just amazed me. When a person is tested, there are many things that stem from this trial although he may dislike it. One of them is his need for Allah as well as his supplications which will be sincere which will ultimately bring him closer to Allah.

As for the one who is not tested and is given the good things in this world, he continues to indulge in desires until he is left alone heedlessly following every whim till death approaches him and he wakes up from this sleep.

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Prisoners of Fate April 6, 2009

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“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”
– Franklin Roosevelt

Recently I received an email with the quote above and decided to write a small blurb on it. Many people, especially Muslims are extremely talented, but are confined to a life of inability and impotence simply because of their lack of confidence and self-esteem. These people are plagued by doubt and the whispering of Satan which cripple any project or activity they decide to embark on even before they begin any initiative. Some Muslims even try hiding under the slogan of “qadar of Allah” and embrace a life of laziness which they justify with religious texts! However the reality is that laziness is from the traits of the munafiqeen as Allah says:

وَمَا مَنَعَهُمْ أَن تُقْبَلَ مِنْهُمْ نَفَقَاتُهُمْ إِلاَّ أَنَّهُمْ كَفَرُواْ بِاللّهِ وَبِرَسُولِهِ وَلاَ يَأْتُونَ الصَّلاَةَ إِلاَّ وَهُمْ كُسَالَى وَلاَ يُنفِقُونَ إِلاَّ وَهُمْ كَارِهُونَ

54: And nothing prevents their contributions from being accepted from them except that they disbelieved in Allah and in His Messenger (Muhammad SAW); and that they came not to As-Salat (the prayer) except in a lazy state…

So we see that Allah rebukes them first for their disbelief and secondly for their approaching the salaah with laziness. As for the believers, Allah commands them to hasten and hurry to gardens as wide as the heavens and earth:

وَمَا مَنَعَهُمْ أَن تُقْبَلَ مِنْهُمْ نَفَقَاتُهُمْ إِلاَّ أَنَّهُمْ كَفَرُواْ بِاللّهِ وَبِرَسُولِهِ وَلاَ يَأْتُونَ الصَّلاَةَ إِلاَّ وَهُمْ كُسَالَى وَلاَ يُنفِقُونَ إِلاَّ وَهُمْ كَارِهُونَ

133:And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for Al-Muttaqun (the pious – see V.2:2).

And He says:

سابقوا إلى مغفرة من ربكم وجنة عرضها كعرض السماء والأرض أعدت للذين آمنوا بالله ورسله ذلك فضل الله يؤتيه من يشاء والله ذو الفضل العظيم

21:Race one with another in hastening towards Forgiveness from your Lord (Allah), and towards Paradise, the width whereof is as the width of heaven and earth, prepared for those who believe in Allah and His Messengers. That is the Grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He pleases. And Allah is the Owner of Great Bounty.

Surely You Will Know April 6, 2009

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The Story of the Pretty Woman March 18, 2009

Posted by shadows15 in Gems and Jewels, Misc, Sisters Section, Videos, Weekly Wisdom.
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A man was walking through the marketplace one afternoon when, just as the
muathin began the prayer, his eye fell on…a woman’s back.

She was strangely attractive, though dressed in fulsome black, a veil over head and face…and she now turned to him as if somehow conscious of his over-lingering regard…
and gave him a slight but meaningful nod before she rounded the corner into the lane of silk sellers.

Tips on Waking up for Fajr December 31, 2008

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Assalamu alaikum,

I received an email from a brother prescribing certain tips that will help one in waking up for the most difficult prayer in the day….salatul fajr.

1. Keep Away from Ma’aasi (acts of disobedience) .
2. Avoid eating too much food.
3. Drink one or two glasses of water before going to bed.
4. Perform Wudoo (ablution) before going to bed.
5. Go to bed early.
6. Make Intention In your Heart to get up for Fajr.
7. Set your alarm.
8. Establish Fajr wake up calling
System with family and friends e.g.
Friends/family members calling,
Texting etc each other to help one another wake up for fajr.
9. Say prescribed supplications (Dua) before sleeping
10. Once awake, do not linger lazily in bed.
11. Go to your local masjid to pray
Also… one thing that helps that I do when I study late and stuff is put my alarm clock
(which is very loud) in the bathroom… thus Forcing you to get up and go to the bathroom
to shut it off. While you’re there in the bathroom,
just splash yourself with water and Walaa! You are awake and ready for Fajr.
Okay… so you dont have to do the splashing part, but try it.. it work Inshallah.
And the 2 advices above about staying away from sins and sleeping early
is very important. It is from the Rizq (provision/bounty)
Of Allah that He allows you to get up for Fajr, and when you start sinning
And things, He may keep you away from Fajr because Of your sins.
Memorize Quran or Recite Quran after Fajr Prayer !!