What to wear for Eid – #ReviveRamadan

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What to wear for Eid.

As we farewell Ramadan and get ready for Eid, it is essential to keep following the Sunnah during the Eid Festivities.

We have all made resolutions and we all want to stay steadfast after the holy month of Ramadan so what better way to implement that change during Eid. So As you’re picking out your clothes to go attend Eid Prayer, remember our Prophet ’s advice and try to emulate him during this blessed day.

Wear a nice white Abaya, as the Prophet has taught us that white is a pure colour.

He (ﷺ) said,

‘Wear white clothes because they are the purest and they are closest to modesty and shroud the dead in it.”

(An-Nasai)

Women as well should pick their clothes carefully making sure that their private parts are covered and are encouraged to attend the Eid prayer.

“Allah’s Messenger ﷺ would order the virgins, the mature women, the secluded and the menstruating to go out for the two Eid. As for the menstruating women, they were to stay away from the Musalla and participate in the Muslims supplications.”

One of them said:

‘O Messenger of Allah! What if she does not have a Jilbab? He said: ‘Then let her sis lend her a Jilbab.'”

(At-Tirmidhi)

Also, one should dress nicely but not extravagantly this Eid for it was narrated from Salim that:

His father said: “Umar bin Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, found a “Hullah of Istabraq” (Adorned garment) in the market. He took it and brought it to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), why don’t you buy this and adorn yourself with it for the two ‘Eids and when (meeting) the delegations?’ The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘This is the clothing of one who has no share in the Hereafter,’ or: ‘This is worn by one who has no share in the Hereafter.’ Then as much time passed as Allah (SWT) willed, then the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) sent to Umar a garment made of Dibaj. He brought it to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, you said that this is the clothing of one who has no share in the Hereafter, then you sent this to me?’ The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘Sell it and use the money for whatever you need.'”

(Sahih)

So let us all enjoin the Eid Prayer this Eid Al-Fitr and revive the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ and #Revive Ramadan!

Miracle of the Quran – #ReviveRamadan

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The Quran is a Miracle

They ask for a miracle…but we can’t show them the sea splitting.

فَأَوۡحَيۡنَآ إِلَىٰ مُوسَىٰٓ أَنِ ٱضۡرِب بِّعَصَاكَ ٱلۡبَحۡرَ‌ۖ فَٱنفَلَقَ فَكَانَ كُلُّ فِرۡقٍ۬ كَٱلطَّوۡدِ ٱلۡعَظِيمِ

“Then We revealed to Mûsa (Moses) (saying): “Strike the sea with your stick.” And it parted, and each separate part (of that sea water) became like the huge mountain.”

Quran 26:63

We can’t show them the staff of Moses.

قَالَ إِن كُنتَ جِئۡتَ بِـَٔايَةٍ۬ فَأۡتِ بِہَآ إِن كُنتَ مِنَ ٱلصَّـٰدِقِينَ (١٠٦) فَأَلۡقَىٰ عَصَاهُ فَإِذَا هِىَ ثُعۡبَانٌ۬ مُّبِينٌ۬ (١٠٧)

[Fir’aun (Pharaoh)] said: “If you have come with a sign, show it forth, – if you are one of those who tell the truth.”Then [Mûsa (Moses)] threw his stick (staff) and behold! it was a serpent, manifest! Quran 7:106-107

We can’t show them the she-camel of Saleh.

وَيَـٰقَوۡمِ هَـٰذِهِۦ نَاقَةُ ٱللَّهِ لَڪُمۡ ءَايَةً۬ فَذَرُوهَا تَأۡڪُلۡ فِىٓ أَرۡضِ ٱللَّهِ وَلَا تَمَسُّوهَا بِسُوٓءٍ۬ فَيَأۡخُذَكُمۡ عَذَابٌ۬ قَرِيبٌ۬

“And O my people! This she-camel of Allâh is a sign to you, leave her to feed (graze) in Allâh’s land, and touch her not with evil, lest a near torment should seize you.”

Quran 11:64

But today in 2018 we can witness the miracle of the Prophet () via the Quran.

In fact, even up until the day of judgment.  It’s an everlasting miracle for the eyes to see and the ears to listen to until the day of judgment.  And it also surpasses the other miracles of the early prophets in the sense that we can use the Quran to worship Allah ‘with’ it.  

That’s right, we can worship Allah via the Quran in a variety of ways, not just one.  

Listening to the Quran is worship.  

Reading the Quran is worship.

Judging by it is Worship.

Learning it is worship. Teaching it is worship.

Acting upon it is worship.  

Understanding it is worship, and acting upon its meanings is worship.

SubhaanAllah!  An amazing miracle, indeed.  

Let’s connect with the Quran, and Revive Ramadhan.

3 Tips to Remain Steadfast After Ramadan – #ReviveRamadan

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How Can I Keep Being Consistent in Ibadah After Ramadan?

We’ve done so many good deeds during Ramadan: fasting, sadaqah, night prayers etc, but the question is:  What happens after this month?

Allah tells us in the Quran:

“…and do good.  Indeed, Allah loves those who do good.” (2:195)

The Prophet (ﷺ) also has told us that the most loved deeds by Allah are those that are consistent.

Narrated ‘Aishah: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said,

“Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah is the most regular and constant even if it were little.”

(Bukhari)

So, here are three tips to staying steadfast after Ramadan:

  1. Purify your intentions. Ensure that your good deeds are only for Allah.
  2. Make it a habit.  Even if it’s only a $1 sadaqah a day, or two raka’at of extra prayers each day. Make sure you do small consistent deeds, every day.
  3. Ask Allah for consistency in your good deeds. By asking Allah for His help you are showing your sincerity.

Stay consistent this Ramadan, and Revive Ramadan.

Make Your Intention to Fast – #ReviveRamadan

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Don’t forget to make your intention to fast before Fajr.

A common mistake people often make in Ramadhan is forgetting to actually make the intention to fast before Fajr.  

Narrated by Ibn ‘Umar from Hafsah that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:

“Whoever does not have the intention of fasting before Fajr, there is no fast for him.”

(Imam Ahmad)

This is only in regards to obligatory fasts (eg: Fasting in Ramadan). With regard to voluntary (naafil) fasts, it is permissible to make the intention to fast on the day, if you have not had anything to eat or drink or relations with your spouse after Fajr.  

This is proven in the hadeeth of ‘Aishah that the Prophet (ﷺ) entered upon her one day at Duha time and said,

“Do you have anything (any food)?” She said, “No.” He said, “Then I am fasting.”

(Muslim)

So, make sure before you sleep, or any time up until the adhan of Fajr, that you make the intention in your heart to fast, and let’s ‘Revive Ramadan’.

Exert Yourself in the Last 10 Days of Ramadan – #ReviveRamadan

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Make the Most of the Last 10 Days and Nights of Ramadan

The one who has wasted the first 20 days of Ramadhan but perfects the last 10 days of Ramadhan is better than the one who perfects the first 20 days of Ramadhan but wastes the last 10 days.

The reason for this is because the last 10 nights contain a night which is better than 1,000 months, ie: Laylat al-Qadr (The Night of Decree).  

Allah mentions “The Night of Qadr (decree)” three times in just five ayaat of Surah al-Qadr (97).

  1. We have sent down this (Quran) in the Night of Qadr
  2. And what will make you know what the Night of Qadr is?
  3. The Night of Qadr is better than a thousand months.
  4. The Angels and the Ruh (Jibreel) descend in it with every decree, by the permission of their Lord.
  5. All that night there is peace, until the rising of the dawn.”

This surah by itself highlights the supreme importance and greatness of this night. We do not know which night it will be and that’s why RasulAllah (ﷺ) commanded us to,

“Search for Laylat al-Qadr in the last ten days of Ramadhan.”

(Malik)

So, Ramadhan is all about the ending, and how you end it.  

The Prophet ‎ﷺ said:

إنما الأعمال بالخواتيم

‎ “Verily deeds are according to their endings.”

(Bukhari)

Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“The lesson lies in perfection of the conclusion of a thing, not in the shortcomings of the beginning of it.”

We all know that the most important part about a race is winning at the end.  If we exert all of our energy in the beginning but exhaust ourselves, and the end we could come last.  So, Ramadhan is the same. Exert your energy in the last 10 days, race towards the finish line, and win the race and end on a high.

Thikr in the Kitchen – #ReviveRamadan

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Thikr in the Kitchen – #ReviveRamadan

No matter what you’re doing, always remember Allah whether it’s cooking in the kitchen, driving the kids to school, waiting at the doctors, or waiting at the checkout.  

‘Aishah said:

“The Apostle of Allah (ﷺ) used to remember Allah at all moments.”

(Muslim)

So, imagine that you’re cooking for your family to break their fast, and at all times you are remembering Allah.  How will that food taste? How much more reward will you receive? Enjoy this time to be with yourself and Allah. And remember, ”…Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest” (Quran 13:28)

Also, the one who is truly alive is the one who remembers Allah.

Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari reported: The Prophet (ﷺ) said,

“The similitude of one who remembers his Rubb (Lord) and one who does not remember Him, is like that of the living and the dead.”

(Bukhari and Muslim)

Here are some examples of what you can be saying during these times:

Abu Hurayrah reported: The Messenger of Allah () said,

“The uttering of the words: ‘SubhaanAllaah, Alhamdulillaah, Laa ilaha illallaah, and Allaahu Akbar’ (SubhaanAllaahi wal-hamdulillaahi wa laa ilaha illallaahu wal-laahu akbar) is dearer to me than anything over which the sun rises.”

(Muslim)

SubhaanAllaah

“Glory be to Allah”

سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ

Alhamdulillaah

“All Praise is for Allah”

الْحَمْدُللّهِ

Laa illaaha ilAllaah

“There is no God but Allah”

لا اِلهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ

Allaahu Akbar

“Allah is the Greatest”

اللّهُ اَكْبَرُ

Narrated Abu Hurayrah: Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) said,

“Whoever says, ‘Glory is to Allah and all Praise is to Him,’ one hundred times a day, will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea.”

(Bukhari)

SubhaanAllaahi wa bihamdih

“Glory is to Allah and all Praise is to Him”

سُبْحَانَ اللهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ

Abu Hurayrah said:

“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said to me: “Be frequent in saying: ‘There is no might nor power except by Allah’. For verily, it is a treasure from the treasures of Paradise.’”

(Tirmidhi)

Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa billaah

“There is no might nor power except with Allah”

لا حَوْلَ وَ لا قُوَّةَ اِلَّا بِاللّهِ     

Narrated Abu Hurayrah: Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said,

”Whoever says one hundred times in a day: ‘Laa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer’, he will get the same reward as given for freeing ten slaves, one hundred good deeds will be written in his account, one hundred sins will be deducted from his account, and it will be a shield for him from Shaytaan on that day till night; and nobody will be able to do a better deed except the one who does more than he.”

(Bukhari)

Laa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer

“There is no god but Allah Alone, Who has no partner. His is the dominion and His is the praise, and He is able to do all things”

لا اِلهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ وَحْدَهُ لا شَرِي كَ لَهُ ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَ لَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَ هُوَ عَلَى كُلِّشَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ     

Istighfaar is also a very important way to remember Allah.

Abu Hurayrah said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying,

“I swear by Allah that I seek Allah’s Pardon and turn to Him in repentance more than seventy times a day.”

(Bukhari)

Astaghfirullah

“Oh Allah forgive me”

أستغفر الله

The Prophet (ﷺ) said,

“The best supplication for seeking forgiveness is to say Syed-ul- Istighfar. Whoever says it during the day with firm faith in it, and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise; and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it, and dies before the morning, he will be from the people of Paradise.”

(Bukhari)

Allaahumma anta Rabbee, laa ilaha illaa ant, khalaqtanee wa anaa ‘abduka wa anaa ‘alaa ‘ahdika maas-ta-ta’at, a’oodhu bika min shari maa so-na’at, aboo-u laka bini’a-matika ‘alayya wa aboo-u bi-dhanbee fagh-fir-lee fa-innahu laa yagh-fir-udh-dhu-nooba illaa ant

“O Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I entreat You to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except You.”

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّى ، لاَ إِلهَ إِلاَ أَنْتَ ، خَلَقْتَنِى وَ أنَا عَبْدُكَ وَ أنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ ما اسْتَطَعْتُ ، أعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِ مَا صَنَعْت ، أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَىَّ وَ أبُوءُ بِذَنْبى فَاغْفِرْ لِى فإِنَّهُ لاَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ

So, this Ramadhan use your spare time in the remembrance of Allah.  And, in sha Allah, your kids will learn to do it too and it will become a beloved practice that you and your kids do all the time after Ramadhan.

Spend the last ten nights in ‘Itikaf

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How can you draw closer to Allah in the last 10 nights of Ramadan? Do ‘Itikaf!

With the last ten nights only around the corner – you need to start getting serious about performing ‘Itikaf this year. If you have to make arrangements with work, school, family, whatever it might be – you really don’t want to miss out on this major Sunnah.

‘Itikaf means to devote yourself to worship by secluding yourself away from worldly desires and distractions in the Masjid. It was a practice of our Prophet (ﷺ), his companions, and pious who came after them.

Anas bin Malik narrated:

“The Prophet (ﷺ) would perform ‘Itikaf during the last ten (nights) of Ramadan. One year he did not perform ‘Itikaf, so he performed ‘Itikaf for twenty (nights) in the following year.”

(Tirmidhi)

Aisha reported:

“When the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) decided to observe ‘Itikaf, he prayed in the morning and then went to the place of his ‘Itikaf, and he commanded that a tent should be pitched for him, and it was pitched…”

(Muslim)

Remember, ’Itikaf must be performed by someone who is fasting and in the Masjid, and also you should refrain from going out for anything unnecessary.

Narrated Aisha:

“The sunnah for one who is observing ‘Itikaf (in a mosque) is not to visit a patient, or to attend a funeral, or touch or embrace one’s wife, or go out for anything but necessary purposes. There is no ‘Itikaf without fasting, and there is no ‘Itikaf except in a congregational mosque.

(Abu Dawood)

So start making preparations for these last ten nights to be spent in seclusion in one of the houses from the houses of Allah. #ReviveRamadan and I’ll see you in ‘Itikaf.

Don’t be Self-Righteous

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Are you proud of your good deeds and feel better than those around you?

Never get ahead of yourself. Just because you are praying 20 Rakaat a night and the next brother is praying eight, it doesn’t give you any right nor reason to belittle others or look down on them.

Avoid feelings of self-righteousness and rather always look at your deeds with shortcomings and beseech Allah to accept them, not because of who you are – but rather because He is the Most Generous.

“And do not claim yourselves to be pure, He is most knowing of who has righteous”.

 Quran 53:32

It is important to remember this:

It is narrated on the authority of ‘Abdullah that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) observed:  

“He who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of pride shall not enter Paradise.”

(Muslim)

Don’t be proud of your good deeds.  It is only Allah Who has gifted them to you.  Be humble and grateful for the opportunities Allah has granted you.

Imam Ibn al-Qayyim explains to us the importance of being humble:

“Humility comes from knowing about Allah and His names and attributes, and His greatness, venerating Him, loving Him and being in awe of Him; and also from knowing about oneself and one’s faults, and weaknesses. From that may develop the attitude of humility, which means feeling helpless before Allaah, and being humble and compassionate towards His slaves, so that the person does not feel superior towards anyone, or think that he has any rights over anyone else; rather he thinks that others are better than him, and that their rights come before his. This is a characteristic that Allah gives to those whom He loves, honours and draws close to Him.”  

(Al-Rooh, p. 233)

In fact, humbleness raises one’s status with Allah.

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“Charity does not diminish wealth, Allah does not increase a man in anything for his pardoning (others) but in honor, and none humbles himself for Allah but Allah raises him.”

(Tirmidhi)

So, when you’re fasting remember that your fasting is for Allah and for Allah alone. It shouldn’t matter who knows or doesn’t know of the actions that you are doing, for what is with Allah will definitely be recorded and you will be rewarded for it.  Don’t destroy any of your good deeds with pride, arrogance, or self-righteousness. Instead, be humble and raise your status with Allah.

Don’t be self-righteous this Ramadan and #ReviveRamadan.

#ReviveRamadan – Avoid Overburdening your Mothers and Wives

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Feeling Overburdened in the Kitchen During Ramadan.

Avoid overburdening your mothers and wives this month with housework and cooking. They need their personal spiritual time as well, so help out where you can to free up their time and make Ramadan preparations easier for them.

The Prophet ﷺ was always at the service of his family and no doubt, by helping out you will get rewarded, too. When Aisha was asked how the Prophet ﷺ was in the house she replied:

كَانَ يَكُونُ فِي مِهْنَةِ أَهْلِهِ

She said “He used to keep himself busy serving his family and when it was the time for prayer he would go for it.”

(Bukhari)

So if you do see your mothers, wives or daughters getting carried away with Iftar parties and gatherings, be sure to help out and alleviate their pressure.

Here are some tips on how you can help:

  • Do the shopping for them early so they can get started early
  • Don’t demand difficult or huge iftars
  • Help set up the tables for guests
  • Remind them to make Dhikr while they are cooking and cleaning
  • Give them a short break, and take over some of the work while they go and read some Quran
  • Always be grateful for their efforts, and reward them in small unexpected ways.

Nevertheless, whoever does do the cooking in the family, rest assured that Allah will reward them immensely and they will be rewarded for every individual they feed at Iftar.

#ReviveRamadan – Take Advantage of your Free Time

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What’s the best ibadah to do when I have some free time?

Whenever you catch yourself with nothing to do, you might be stuck in traffic or in a waiting room and haven’t got the energy or time to do anything else – Do some Thikr.

It can be as simple as saying SubhanAllah, Alhamdulilah, La’ilaha ilaAllah and AllahuAkbar as much as you can.

Aboo Hurayrah reported:

The Messenger of Allaah () said, “The uttering of the words:

‘SubhanAllaah (Glory be to Allah), Alhamdulillah (all Praise is to Allah), Laa ilaha illAllah (there is no God but Allah), and AllahuAkbar (Allah is the Greatest)’ is dearer to me than anything over which the sun rises.”

(Muslim)

سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ ، والْحَمْدُللّهِ ، وَ لا اِلهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ ، وَ اللّهُ اَكْبَرُ  

And if you have even more time:


Narrated Abu Hurayrah: Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) said,

“Whoever says, ‘SubhanAllah wa bihamdih (Glory is to Allah and all Praise is to Him),’ one hundred times a day, will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea.”

(Bukhari)

سُبْحَانَ اللهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ

And this one:

Narrated Abu Hurayrah: Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said,

”Whoever says one hundred times in a day: ‘Laa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer’, he will get the same reward as given for freeing ten slaves, one hundred good deeds will be written in his account, one hundred sins will be deducted from his account, and it will be a shield for him from Shaytaan on that day till night; and nobody will be able to do a better deed except the one who does more than he.”

(Bukhari)

لا اِلهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ وَحْدَهُ لا شَرِي كَ لَهُ ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَ لَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَ هُوَ عَلَى كُلِّشَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

The best thing about making Thikr is you don’t even need Wudu’ to perform this Thikr, yet the rewards are immense.

So take advantage of your free time this month and do Thikr! #ReviveRamadan