Ramadan day 19: The Soul at Rest

What if Allah decides to take your soul today, are you ready and will He be pleased with it?

Asalamu alykum everyone and it is the third jumma in Ramadan, may we witness more. The last ten days will begin tomorrow.

In order to make your soul a pleased one in the sight of Allah, you need to lose yourself completely in him. When you think of the pleased soul mentioned in Suratul Fajr the reward that awaits the soul at rest. That soul will be welcomed by Allah as a pleasing one, It will be addressed as a servant of Allah and admitted to enter Jannah.

The soul at rest is not only reserved for the Prophets and Imams, it is for everyone provided that you are a sincere servant of Allah. A sincere servant of Allah is the person that Allah is pleased with his soul. He is of good character, doing what is good and forbidding what is bad, has frim believe in Allah and he is known for doing anything to seek Allah’s pleasure.

I want us all to ponder and reflect on this verse:

Allah says in Surah Al-Kahf, Verse 107:
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ كَانَتْ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتُ الْفِرْدَوْسِ نُزُلًا

Surely (as for) those who believe and do good deeds, their place of entertainment shall be the gardens of paradise.

Ramadan is a month of righteous deeds which earn us multiple and unquantifiable rewards. It is not just mere abstaining from eating and drinking, shunning all vices, it contains so much more.

Examples of Righteous deeds
1. Giving out in charity
2. Encouraging others to do good
3. Removing harmful objects from the pathways
4. Reading Quran (have you read Kahf today? You get double reward for it, reward for reading kahf and also the reward for reading quran in Ramadan)
5. Forgive others for the wrongs they have done

These last days of Ramadan let make it count by striving to be among the servants Allah is pleased with by doing these and more.

Ramadan day 18: Lessons from the life of Ali Banat

The prophet (SAW) said: One a man dies, his deeds come to an end, except for 3: a continuous charity, knowledge by which people derive benefit and a pious son who prays for him.

A lot of people when they die, they leave behind stories which the world remember them by. Look at prophet Ibrahim (PBUH), he left behind the first house of worship in Islam which is the Kaaba. This was a good legacy, the Quran also tell us about people with bad legacy, Qarun and Firawn are people with bad legacy. Leaving behind a powerful and good legacy is what we all want. I have seen a lot of people leaving behind foundations, well, schools etc as their legacy. I dream and hope to have a legacy too (am sure you want it too). But dreaming about it is not enough as we are losing time and we do not know when we will die.

I remember my father quoting this hadith some years back i did not realize the importance of this hadith until i heard Ali Banat’s story. It then dawned on me that i need to have a powerful legacy that people will remember me by.

Who was ALI BANAT?

He was an Australian businessman who later become a humanitarian philantropist. He owned a security and electrical company, he was very rich and indulged in luxuries. He was gifted with cancer by Allah. I use the word gifted because he consider his cancer as a gift from Allah. After he was diagnosed with this gift, he was told he had 3 months to live but by Allah’s rahma, he lived for 3 years. He founded a charity called “Muslims around the World” known as MATW. A charity to assist the less fortunate Muslims in Africa. He died in May 2018, may Allah forgive him and grant him Jannah.

What should you learn from his life?

  1. See life as a precious gift from Allah: be thankful for every moment you have. Imagine, waking up today and you are diagnosed with a stage 4 cancer and you have just few months to live, from that time you will start to cherish every moment and you will wish you have more time to spend. Ali Banat did this and he was thankful for the gift of cancer from Allah.
  2. Prepare your akhira and death: spend your life in a way that will prepare you for your death. Remember Allah is Al Mumeet ( the giver of death).
  3. See good in everything: whatever consider you find yourself, be thankful to Allah. Do not say bad words and do not curse yourself. Remember there is light at the end of a dark tunnel.
  4. Do not lose hope in Allah’s mercy : Allah says in Surah Yusuf, Verse 87: يَا بَنِيَّ اذْهَبُوا فَتَحَسَّسُوا مِن يُوسُفَ وَأَخِيهِ وَلَا تَيْأَسُوا مِن رَّوْحِ اللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَا يَيْأَسُ مِن رَّوْحِ اللَّهِ إِلَّا الْقَوْمُ الْكَافِرُونَ

O my sons! Go and inquire respecting Yusuf and his brother, and despair not of Allah’s mercy; surely none despairs of Allah’s mercy except the unbelieving people.

5. Leave a good legacy behind.

Be inspired by Ali Banat’s life!

So what legacy do you want to leave behind?

Ramadan day 17: The devil’s departure in Ramadan

The month of Ramadan is characterized with Allah opening all the doors of Jannah and Rahma, closing all the doors of hellfire and the shaytans are chained.
There are different types of devils based on their levels of their wickedness. There are those that reside in the toilet known as khubuth, that is why the prophet enjoined us to always seek refuge before entering the toilet. There are those that disturb us in prayers, they live in market place, they are almost everywhere.
If the devils are locked down, then why are muslims still commiting sins during Ramadan?
The answer to this is that, commission of sins during ramadan reduces on the part of those whose fasting do not only abstain from eating and drinking but also shun all vices.
During this month, the powers of Shayatins are restricted by Allah. It does mean they cannot commit mischief, they can still whisper, through their whisperings, human beings tend to commit sin. Allah says in
Surah An-Nas, Verse 5:
الَّذِي يُوَسْوِسُ فِي صُدُورِ النَّاسِ

“Who whispers in the breasts of mankind,

Tips on how to be protected against Shayateens:

  1. Always seek refuge against shaytan.
  2. Ensure you are not alone and when you are, engage in saying lots of dua.
  3. Keep good company that will remind you about Allah.
  4. Do not neglect your salat.
    If a person has been sinning for 11 months, he has become bossom friend with Shaytan, the person will not see the effect of Ramadan even if the Shayateens are locked down.

    Duas for Today
    أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ
    I seek refuge in Allah from Satan the outcast
    أَعُوذُ بكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّاتِ الَّتِي لَا يُجَاوِزُهُنَّ بَرٌّ ولَا فَاجِرٌ مِنْ شّرِّ مَا خَلقَ، وبَرَأَ وَذَرَأَ، ومِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَنْزِلُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ، وِمنْ شَرِّ مَا يَعْرُجُ فِيهَا، ومِنْ شَرِّ مَا ذَرَأَ فِي الأَرْضِ، ومِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَخْرُجُ مِنْهَا، وِمنْ شَرِّ فِتَنِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ، ومِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ طَارِقٍ إِلَّا طَارِقاً يَطْرُقُ بْخَيْرٍ يَا رَحْمَنُ
    I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah – which neither the upright nor the corrupt may overcome – from the evil of what He created, of what He made, and of what He scattered, from the evil of what descends from the heavens, and of what rises up to them, from the evil of what He scattered in the earth and of what emerges from it, from the evil trials of night and day, and from the evil of every night visitor, except the night visitor who comes with good. O Merciful One.

    May Allah save us from the evils of Shayateens.

Ramadan 16: Maintaining Family Ties

“Whoever believes in Allah and the last day, let him maintain the bonds of kinship.” – prophet Muhammad (SAW)

Alhamdulilah that we are still part of those that are fasting, may Allah accept it from you and me and may we witness more.

Islam emphasized the importance of maintaining family ties and having strong bonds with our kinship.

A quick question to everyone:
How many of your family members do you know? Do you know where they are? Do you visit them or do they visit you?

Great emphasis has been laid down in the Quran and hadith on maintaining ties with one’s kinship. The emphasis was laid in the following verses:
1. Surah An-Nisa, Verse 1:
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُم مِّن نَّفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالًا كَثِيرًا وَنِسَاءً وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ الَّذِي تَسَاءَلُونَ بِهِ وَالْأَرْحَامَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيبًا

O people! be careful of (your duty to) your Lord, Who created you from a single being and created its mate of the same (kind) and spread from these two, many men and women; and be careful of (your duty to) Allah, by Whom you demand one of another (your rights), and (to) the ties of relationship; surely Allah ever watches over you.

2. Surah An-Nahl, Verse 90:
إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ

Surely Allah enjoins the doing of justice and the doing of good (to others) and the giving to the kindred, and He forbids indecency and evil and rebellion; He admonishes you that you may be mindful.

3. Surah Al-Isra, Verse 26:
وَآتِ ذَا الْقُرْبَىٰ حَقَّهُ وَالْمِسْكِينَ وَابْنَ السَّبِيلِ وَلَا تُبَذِّرْ تَبْذِيرًا

And give to the near of kin his due and (to) the needy and the wayfarer, and do not squander wastefully.

Today, unfortunately, we do not maintain family ties, we only engage in backbiting and hurting our relatives, we abandon them when they need us. Islam has not close its eyes to the fact that there are toxic relations. Islam still says you have a duty towards them, do good to them in return of the ill treatment they have done. You will have immense reward for it and they will be punished. A man came to the Prophet (SAW) and said: “O Messenger of Allaah, I have relatives with whom I try to keep in touch, but they cut me off; I treat them well, but they treat me badly; I try to be kind to them, but they are cruel to me.” He said: “If you are as you say, it is as if you are putting hot ashes in their mouths. You will continue to have support from Allaah against them so long as you continue doing that.” (Reported by Muslim).

On two occasions, Allah has cursed those that severe family ties, in:
1. Surah Ar-Rad, Verse 25:
وَالَّذِينَ يَنقُضُونَ عَهْدَ اللَّهِ مِن بَعْدِ مِيثَاقِهِ وَيَقْطَعُونَ مَا أَمَرَ اللَّهُ بِهِ أَن يُوصَلَ وَيُفْسِدُونَ فِي الْأَرْضِ أُولَٰئِكَ لَهُمُ اللَّعْنَةُ وَلَهُمْ سُوءُ الدَّارِ

And those who break the covenant of Allah after its confirmation and cut asunder that which Allah has ordered to be joined and make mischief in the land; (as for) those, upon them shall be curse and they shall have the evil (issue) of the abode.

Surah Muhammad, Verse 22:
فَهَلْ عَسَيْتُمْ إِن تَوَلَّيْتُمْ أَن تُفْسِدُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَتُقَطِّعُوا أَرْحَامَكُمْ

But if you held command, you were sure to make mischief in the land and cut off the ties of kinship!
Verse 23:
أُولَٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ لَعَنَهُمُ اللَّهُ فَأَصَمَّهُمْ وَأَعْمَىٰ أَبْصَارَهُمْ

Such are they whom Allah has cursed, so that He has made them deaf and blinded their sight.

The consequences of not maintaining family ties in islam, are that the person that breaks it will be deprived of Allah’s blessing in his life and will not enjoy long life. If it is a child that severe ties with his parent, he will not enter paradise. May Allah save us from all these.
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever would like his rizq (provision) to be increased and his life to be extended, should uphold the ties of kinship.” (Reported in Bukhari and Muslim).

Tips on how to maintain family ties:
• Visit them: you can reach out to them by visiting them and asking after their well being.
• Invite them to iftar: Ramadan is a perfect time of getting double reward for maintaining family ties. You get reward for inviting your kinship and also reward for feeding fasting muslims.
• Give charity to them: help those that need your help, give sadaqah and zakat to them. They are entitled to a portion in your wealth as mandated by Allah.
• Do good to them: even if they are toxic, be kind to them in return of all the ill treatments they do. Leave them to Allah, he will punish them for it.
• Remember that great reward is for those that maintain family ties.
• Always remember them in your prayers, who knows, perhaps they may chabge their bad habits.
Dua for today:
Surah Ash-Shuara, Verse 169:
رَبِّ نَجِّنِي وَأَهْلِي مِمَّا يَعْمَلُونَ

“My Lord! Save me and my family from what they do.”

Ramadan day 15: Useful tips in Ramadan

Salam alykum
Today is the 15th day of Ramadan, Ma Sha Allah! How time passes by? Before we know it, it will soon be over.Today’post is all about tips in maximizing our time in Ramadan.

1.Do not delay in breaking your fast: the prophet enjoined us to delay our Sahur but must be very fast in breaking our fast. The reverse is the case for us, we eat our sahur very early like two hours before fajr, which is against the teachings of the prophet.When the adhan for Maghrib is called, the first thing to do is to say the dua for breaking the fast.

2. Use dates and fruits to break the fast: The prophet was reported to have said:When one of you is fasting, he should break his fast with dates, but if he cannot get any, then (he should break his fast) with water, for water is purifying. Study has shown that dates are the best choice for fueling an empty stomach. It is high in sugar, fiber, minerals, phytonutrients, and (when fresh) vitamin C. They also contain potassium, magnesium, iron, and small amounts of protein and fat. Dates are easily digested, making them a quick source of energy and nutrients. Eating dates after a long day of fasting can help the body’s blood glucose levels quickly return to normal and replenish our energy.

3. The etiquette of drinking water and eating : The prophet had laid down manners of drinking and eating in Islam. Are we mindful of these sunnahs during Ramadan?
There is a prescribed way of drinking water: say Bismillahi Rahman Raheem, use your right hand, do not stand while drinking water, take 3 sips, do not make sounds. The etiquette of eating can be summarized as follows:

i. Washing the hands before eating.

ii. Eating with the right hand

iii. Asking about the food: if you are not familiar with it, it is sunnah to do that. The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used not to eat food until he had been told about it or told what is was called. This is to make sure that we don’t eat what is haram.

v. Saying bismillah before we eat.

vi. Sitting while eating

vii. Do not criticize the food: be grateful to the person that cooked, do not say ‘the food is tasteless or salty’. Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet never found fault with food. If he liked it, he would eat it, but if he disliked it, he just left it.

viii. When we finish eating we should be grateful to Allah.

4. Honouring invitation: we should always honour invitation to Iftar. Don’t be like what he cook that i can not cook in my house. It is part of the prophet’s tradition to honour invitations.

5. Eat in moderation: do not overfeed yourself to the point that you will not be able to do anything.

6. Do not skip Sahur.

Let us try to remember all these before we break our fast. We should not rush what we eat while breaking the fast, say the prayer for breaking fast, eat with our right hand and ensure that we follow the necessary sunnah.

P.S: How far are with our Quran? Always read your quran and make it part of your daily routine.

تقبل الله مني و منكم