Surah Al Qadr – Dua for Laylat Al Qadr

97:1

Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree.

97:2

And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree?

97:3

The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.

97:4

The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter.

97:5

Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.

Innaa Anzalnaahu Fiy Laylatil Qadr (1)

Wa Maa Adraaka Maa Laylatul Qadr (2)

Laylatul Qadri Khayrum Min Alfi Shahr (3)

Tanazzalul Malaaikatu War Ruuhu fiyhaa Bi Idhni Rabbihim Min Kulli Amr (4)

Salaamun Hiya Hattaa Matla’Il Fajr (5)

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Ayut Al Kursi – The Verse of the Throne

اللَّهُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لاَ تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلاَ نَوْمٌ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الأَرْضِ مَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلاَ يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلاَّ بِمَا شَاءَ وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاو ;َاتِ وَالأَرْضَ وَلاَ يَئُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ

 

Allahu la ilaha illa Huwa, Al-Haiyul-Qaiyum La ta’khudhuhu sinatun wa la nawm, lahu ma fis-samawati wa ma fil-‘ard Man dhal-ladhi yashfa’u ‘indahu illa bi-idhnihi Ya’lamu ma baina aidihim wa ma khalfahum, wa la yuhituna bi shai’im-min ‘ilmihi illa bima sha’a Wasi’a kursiyuhus-samawati wal ard, wa la ya’uduhu hifdhuhuma Wa Huwal ‘Aliyul-Adheem

“Allah! There is no god but He – the Living, The Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him Nor Sleep. His are all things In the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede In His presence except As he permitteth? He knoweth What (appeareth to His creatures As) Before or After or Behind them. Nor shall they compass Aught of his knowledge Except as He willeth. His throne doth extend Over the heavens And on earth, and He feeleth No fatigue in guarding And preserving them, For He is the Most High. The Supreme (in glory).”
[Surah al-Baqarah 2: 255]

 

What is Laylatul Qadr?- The Night of Power

The month of Ramadhan has been singled out for special worship . It is a month unlike other months. One reason for this, as defined by the Qur’an, is because the Holy Qur’an was revealed in this month. 

Laylat al-Qadr is to be found in the last five odd nights of the last third of Ramadan. While there is no specific date revealed in the Quran, Laylat al-Qadar is found to be on the last nights of Ramadan. Mostly it is on one of the odd nights: 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th night. However there is inclination towards the night before the 27 of Ramadan.

Laylatul Qadr is a celebration of the arrival of the final word of God for humans. It is a tribute to the  message revealed to mankind by their Creator, that was sent for the purpose of educating the means to achieve happiness in both the worlds. 


We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power:And what will explain to thee what the night of power is?The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.Therein come down the angels and the spirit by Allah’s permission, on every errand:Peace!…This until the rise of dawn!—Sura 97:1-5 (Al-Qadr)

 

Laylatul Qadr is regarded as equal to one thousand months of worship in terms of the reward received. 

Muslims are encouraged to stay awake the entire night praying, reading quran, and doing zhikr for blessings and forgiveness. Considering laylatul Qadr are the holiest nights of the year, it is wise to heed the tremendous benefits of the nights.

 

The Meaning of Islam and Common Misconceptions

The word Islam is derived from the Arabic root “SLM” which means, among other things, peace, purity, submission and obedience. In the religious sense the word Islam means submission to the Will of God and obedience to His law. The connection between the original and the religious meanings of the word is strong and obvious. Only through the submission to the WIll of God and by obdedience to His law can one achieve true peace and enjoy lasting purity. 


Some outsiders call Islam “Mohammedanism” and address the believer of Islam as “Mohammedans”. Muslims both protest and reject the use of these words. If Islam is classified as Mohammedanism, it is implied that the religion takes after a mortal being, namely Muhammad PBUH, similar to perhaps Judaism, Hinduism, etc. Another misconception that may arise is that “Mohammedans, are worshippers of Muhammad as perhaps Christians are of Jesus. However muslims worship God alone. Muhammad PBUH was only a mortal being commissioned by God to teach the word of God and lead an exemplary life. He stands in history as the best model for a man of piety and perfection. He is a living proof of what man can be and of what he can accomplish. 


Moreover Muslims do not believe that Muhammad PBUH founded Islam (in a sense of what its core values are), although it was restored by him in the last stage of the religious evolution. The original founder of Islam is no other than God himself, and the date of the founding of Islam goes back to the age of Adam. Islam has existed in one form or another all along form the beginning and will continue to exist till the end of time. 


From the book “Islam in Focus” by Hammuhad Abdalati

Who is Allah?

For everyone that believes in God, there is always a thirst to know more about the supreme deity that has created all the planets and galaxies. 


In Islam every perfection and absolute goodness belongs to him and no defect or wrong applies to him. In specific terms, one should know and believe the following:

1. “God is only one, has no partner or son, and neither gives birth, nor is He born. He is eternally besought by all and has no beginning or end and none is equal to him.” (112:1-5)

2. “He is the merciful and compassionate, the guardian and the true guide, the just and the supreme lord, the creator and the watchful. The first and the last, the knowing and the wise, the hearing and the aware, the witness and the glorious, the able and the powerful.” (57:1-6; 59:22-24) 

3. “He is the loving and the provider, the generous and benevolent, the rich and the independent, the forgiving and the clement, the patient and the appreciative, the unique and the protecter, the judge and the peace. (3:31;11:6; 35:15; 65:2-3)

Each one of these names and attributes of God mentioned in various places of the Holy Quran. We all enjoy the care and mercy of God who is so loving and kind to his creation. 

“If we try to count his favours upon us, we can not, because they are countless.” (14:32-34; 16:10-18) 

God is high and supreme, but he is very near to the pious thoughtful people.  He answers their prayers and helps them, he loves the people who love him and forgives their sins. He gives them peace and happiness, knowledge and success, life and protection. He welcomes all those who want to be at peace with him and never rejects them. He teaches man to be good, to do the right, and to keep away from the wrong. Because he is so good and loving. He recommends and accepts only the good and right things. 

“The door of his mercy is always open to any who sincerely seeks his support and protection.” (2:186 ; 50:16)

The love of God for his creations is immense and beyond human imagination. God takes good care of us, not only from the time of our birth onwards but even long before that, he makes us in the best form of creation. And gives us all the sense and faculties that we need for our growth. He helps us when we can not help ourselves. And provides for us and for our dependant. He creates in man, the mind to understand the soul and conscience to be good and righteous, the feelings and sentiments to be kind and humane. 


From the book “Islam in Focus” by: Hammudah Abdulati

What is Ramadan?

 

Do you know or have seen muslims around you fasting lately? Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar during which muslims abstain from food, water, sexual activity, swearing, lying, and other sins. Fasting from sunrise to sunset, during this month is a compulsory act for muslims and is one of the five pillars of Islam. 


“The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful.” (2:185)

During Ramadan muslims increase their devotion and worship as the sawaab (merit) for these actions is magnified. They also take part in spiritual reflection, self improvement and increasing their efforts to follow a more islamic way of life. 
Muslims abstain from eating and drinking but also must refrain from sexual relations and generally sinful speech and behavior. Fasting aims to redirect the heart away from worldly activities and therefore cleanse the soul from impurities and repriotise an Islamic focus. 
Through Ramadan Muslims learn to have empathy for those less fortunate by learning self-discipline, self-control, and sacrifice which in turn encourages them to partake in acts of generosity and compulsory charity (another pillar of Islam).
Fasting is compulsory for Muslims who have reached puberty, as long as they are free of illnesses and disabilities, and healthy and sane. Younger children, however, are encouraged to fast as much as they are comfortable with to practice for later life.
However there are exceptions as everyone’s unique situations and circumstances are considered. People who are traveling, pregnant, breast-feeding, ill, or menstruating are exempt from fasting. Yet some elders for instance with medical conditions insist on fasting to cater to their spiritual needs, despite Islamic scriptures recommending against it. 
The previously non long term, health related exemptions however, do imply that once feasible the fasts missed perhaps due to travel or a short term illness be made up at a later time so as to complete the full month duration of fasts. 

Are Women Suppressed in Islam?

Now many cultures in modern society see a very oppressed form of women in Islam and often harbour misconceptions that males and females are not regarded the same in Islam or women are lowly to men and question whether women can enter paradise. 


The Quran states that men and women who practice the principles of Islam will receive equal reward fir their efforts: 

“Surely for men who submit (to God) and for women who submit (to God), for believing men and believing women, for devout men and devout women, for truthful men and truthful women, for steadfast men and steadfast women, for humble men and humble women, for charitable men and charitable women, for men who fast and women who fast, for men who guard their chastity and for women who guard, for men who remember God much and for women who remember- for themGod has prepared forgiveness and a mighty reward.” (33:35)

Again God says

“Whosoever performs good deeds, whether male or female and is a believer, we shall surely make him live a good life, and we will certainly reward them for the best of what they did” (16:97)

Each of the Five pillars of Islam: belief, worship, charitable giving, fasting and pilgrimage are as important for women as for men, and there is no differentiation of their reward. 
As God says in the Quran:

” The nobelest among you before God is the most heedful of you” (49:13)

One may also mention that many famous mystics in Islam are women who became leaders by example and by strict adherence to the Quran and the Prophets teachings- the Sunnah/Hadith. 


-Woman in Islam
B. Aisha Lemu 

How is the Quran Divided?

The holy book can be divided into four main topics that help grasp the information more easily. 

1. TOHEED – Which refers to the UNITY of Allah SWT, and His unique nature as the one and only creator who has no associates or partners. For man’s success on earth, in his grave and in the hereafter, it is essential to believe in he ONENESS of Allah in his nature and being, as he is, with all his attributes and qualities, without any partners. He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. There is none besides Allah who has the knowledge of all things eternally or to be aware of and see everything simultaneously and unceasingly. 

2. PROPHETHOOD – This is the next topic about which the Quran clearly states that we must believe in Muhammad PBUH as the final messenger of Allah SWT. It is obligatory and essential to accept whatever the Prophet PBUH has brought. 

3. CRITERIA OF RIGHT AND WRONG – This topic concerns the DO’S and DON’TS of this world such as what is permissible to eat and what is not to gain the pleasure of Allah. Similarly which deeds are prohibited and which not, to gain Allah’s pleasure. 

4. CONDITIONS AFTER DEATH – This is the fourth topic of the Quran and has been referred to in Surah Al-Zilzaal which discusses life after death, the day of judgement and the conditions of the day of judgement. 

From the book “Death” by  Moulana haroon Abbasoomar

Why Can’t Muslims Drink Alcohol?

The Prophet Muhammad pbuh said:

According to Sunan Ibn-I-Majah Volume 3, Book of Intoxicants, Chapter 30 Hadith No. 3380.

“Allah’s curse falls on ten groups of people who deal with alcohol. The one who distills it, the one for whom it has been distilled, the one who drinks it, the one who transports it, the one to who it has been brought, the one whom serves it, the one who sells it, the one who utilizes money from it, the one who buys it and the one who buys it for someone else.”

In Sunan Ibn-I-Majah Volume 3, Book of Intoxicants, Chapter 30 Hadith No. 3371.

“Alcohol is the mother of all evils and it is the most shameful of evils.”

In Sunan Ibn-I-Majah Volume 3, Book of Intoxicants, Chapter 30 Hadith No. 3392

“Anything which intoxicates in a large quantity, is prohibited even in a small quantity.”

So seeing as so many embargoes are placed on the consumption of alcohol, the reasons behind it are quite predominant.

Alcohol is a form of a hallucinogen, meaning it has adverse affects on a person’s nervous system- brain. Alcohol reduces and individuals ability to self control and their agility. People are told not to drink and drive as alcohol impairs their response times and therefore they put themselves and other in danger. This same situation can be extrapolated to other activities. Many drunk people make a mockery of themselves by doing things like drunk dialling, which is another example of how self control is impaired making people do things they wouldn’t do in a sober state.

Now these issues affect everybody so how can this scenario be specifically applied to Muslims? Well Muslims pray five times a day and if one is not of sound mind then they are likely to forget of this obligation or not fulfil it with properly. Furthermore, when one has no self control they are more likely to commit other forms of sins such as adultury or aggressive behaviour.

All this is aside from the fact that alcohol causes many health hazards and harms vital organs. In islam afflicting any form of self harm consciously is also sinning. Therefore drinking a slow affecting poison fits that misdemeanour also. The Western world is slowly catching up to these vices and the harmful nature of such habits, however, Muslims have been blessed to receive their warning through the Qur’an, directly from God.

“O ye who believe! Intoxicants and Gambling, (Dedication of) stones, And (divination by) arrows, Are an Abomination Of Satan’s handiwork; Eschew such (abomination), That ye may prosper.” [Al-Qur’an 5:90]

81 ways to win your Wife’s love

Wonderful list [Reblogged]

1. Make her feel secure, don’t threaten her with divorce.
2. Give sincere Salaams.
3. Treat her gently, like a fragile vessel.
4. Advise in private, at the best time, in the best way and atmosphere.
5. Be generous with her.
6. Warm the seat for her, you will warm her heart.
7. Avoid anger, be in Wudhu at all times.
8. Look good and smell great for your wife.
9. Don’t be rigid or harsh-hearted or you will be broken.
10. Be a good listener.
11. Yes for flattery. No for arguing.
12. Call your wife with the best names, cute nicknames, and names she loves to hear.
13. A pleasant surprise.
14. Preserve and guard the tongue.
15. Expect, accept, and overlook her shortcomings.
16. Give sincere compliments.
17. Encourage her to keep good relations with her family.
18. Speak of the topic of her interest.
19. Express to her relatives, how wonderful she is.
20. Give each other gifts.
21. Get rid of routine, surprise her.
22. Have a good opinion of each other.
23. Have good manners, overlook small things, don’t nitpick.
24. Add a drop of patience, increase during pregnancy, menses.
25. Expect and respect her jealously.
26. Be humble.
27. Sacrifice your happiness for hers.
28. Help at home, with housework.
29. Help her love your relatives, but don’t try to force her.
30. Let her know that she is the ideal wife for you.
31. Remember your wife in Du’a.
32. Leave the past for Allah, don’t dwell on, dig into, or bring it up.
33. Don’t act as if you are doing her a favor by working or providing, Allah is the Provider, the husband is the carrier of the sustenance to the family.
34. Take Shaitan as your enemy, not your wife.
35. Put food in your wife’s mouth.
36. Treat your wife like she is the most precious pearl that you want to protect.
37. Show her your smile.
38. Don’t ignore the small things, deal with them before they be come big.
39. Avoid being harsh-hearted.
40. Respect and show that you appreciate her thinking.
41. Help her to find and build her inner strengths and skills.
42. Respect that she might not be in mood for intimacy, stay within Halaal boundaries.
43. Help her take care of the children.
44. Give her gifts with your tongue, be an artist with your compliments.
45. Sit down and eat meals together.
46. Let her know that you will be traveling or returning from travel, give her sufficient notice.
47. Don’t leave home in anger.
48. Maintain the secrecy and privacy of the home.
49. Encourage each other in worship.
50. Respect and fulfill her rights upon you.
51. Live with her in kindness, goodness, fairness in good and bad times.
52. Kiss your wife, foreplay, don’t jump on her like a bull.
53. Keep disputes between the two of you, don’t take it outside.
54. Show care for her health and well-being.
55. Remember you are not always right or perfect yourself.
56. Share your happiness and sadness with her.
57. Have mercy for her weaknesses.
58. Be a firm support for her to lean on.
59. Accept her as is, she is a package deal.
60. Have a good intention for her.
61. Cook a dish for her.
62. Designate a nice, clean, spacious area in your home for the two of you to pray at night whenever you can.
63. Women love flowers. Make a trail of them on the floor leading to the gift you made for her.
64. Give her a nice massage when she least expects it.
65. Send your wife a text message out of the blue with a message of love.
66. Send your wife an email without a reason.
67. Go out on a date or a get-away for the weekend in a nice location, preferably without kids.
68. Do something for your wife’s family, whether it is a gift, or a chat with her teen brother who needs mentoring, or whatever. It will get you lots of brownie points.
69. Do not keep reminding and demanding your rights all the time.
70. Shop groceries for her and call her from the store and ask her what she needs for the home, for herself or for her to give to people as gifts.
71. Ask her if she would like to invite her female friends over for ladies only get together and arrange for the dinner.
72. Ask her to send gifts to her parents and siblings.
73. Help her parents pay off debt. Send her poor relatives some money.
74. Write love notes or poems and place them in the book she’s been reading.
75. If she tells you something she had just learned from the Qur’an or Hadith, do not dismiss her or ridicule her effort, instead listen to her and take her word.
76. Plant her a kitchen garden with all kind of herbs she needs for cooking.
78. Update her PC or laptop with a new one or get her a new mobile phone.
79. Learn to do a special massage technique and surprise her with your new expertise.
80. Teach your children to respect and honor their mother.
81. Be humorous with her when she makes a mistake in the kitchen (like when she put too much salt or burnt her baking).

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81 ways to win your Wife’s love

Marriage is a blessed contract between a man and a woman, in which each becomes “permitted” to the other, and they begin the long journey of life in a spirit of love, co operation, harmony and tolerance, where each feels at ease with the other, and finds tranquillity, contentment and comfort in the company of the other. The Qur’an has described this relationship between men and women, which brings love, harmony, trust and compassion, in the most moving and eloquent terms

Among His signs is [the fact] that He has created spouses for you among yourselves so that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has planted love and mercy between you; In that are signs for people who reflect. [Quran 20:30]

This is the strongest of bonds, in which Allah (SWT) unites the two Muslim partners, who come together on…

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