Category Archives: Ramadhan

Our good deeds are worthless

Al-Bukhaari (520) narrated that Buraydah said:
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever does not pray ‘Asr, his good deeds will be annulled

 

When it comes to Ramadan, so many of us pray and fast. We know it is required of us. We are conscious of Allah, of His SWT wrath, and His SWT mercy, we love Him and fear Him.

Even those who do not pray at all the rest of the year will pray in Ramadan. Part of the reasoning of this is as we want our efforts in fasting to be rewarded. We Don’t want to go the whole day without food and drink. We struggle and strive in order to receive a reward from Allah, we want His SWT mercy and blessings. We want our duas to be answered, and in this holy month, we understand that prayer is required in order for our desires to please Allah and benefit from ibadah to be a reality.

 

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was asked in Fataawa al-Siyaam (p. 87) about the ruling on the fasting of one who does not pray.

He replied:

The fast of one who does not pray is not valid and is not accepted, because the one who does not pray is a kaafir and an apostate, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“But if they repent [by rejecting Shirk (polytheism) and accept Islamic Monotheism], perform As-Salaah (Iqaamat-as-Salaah) and give Zakaah, then they are your brethren in religion”

[al-Tawbah 9:11]

And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Between a man and shirk and kufr stands his giving up prayer.” Narrated by Muslim, 82. And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The covenant that separates us from them is prayer; whoever gives up prayer is a kaafir.”

Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2621; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani inSaheeh al-Tirmidhi.

http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/49698

 

However what we seem to be failing to truly understand and internalise is that this ruling is not just for Ramadan. The one who does not pray, all his good deeds will be invalid.

Whoever abandons the ‘Asr prayer, his deeds of worship become void.

This means that our striving, our dawah, our smiling as it is a sunnah, saying salaam, looking after our children, being good to our husbands, EVERYTHING that we do, is of no use to us in akhirah if we do not pray.

SubhanAllah.

It is pointless being seen as a person who inspires and does good, it is pointless giving sadaqah, fasting, hajj EVERYTHING is pointless if we do not pray.

It is pointless as it will not benefit us in the akhirah.

Everything we do should be first with the intention to please Allah. But if we don’t pray, we don’t please Him SWT.

Think about this, take a moment to digest.

All the good deeds you do in a day. From making your husband a cup of tea, to feeding your kids, to smiling at your neighbour, to sharing beneficial knowledge. Think about all the things you do in a day.

What potential for reward is there?

What are you missing out on?

In Ramadan we understand that this is the month of mercy and blessings and we are afraid of missing out on the rewards.

However Allah SWT in His mercy, has given us so many opportunities out of Ramadan to gain his pleasure. In every action we do, every moment of the day there is an opportunity to gain his pleasure.

Giving £1 on layalatul Qadr may be like giving £1 every day for 83 years, but every moment of every day not in Ramadan we still have opportunities that are just as important to our scales of deeds. For every intention to do good there is a chance we will be rewarded.

By not praying we are throwing this down the pan.

We are no different in the merit of our deeds then those who do not believe in Allah.

This hadith is seen by the scholars as a severe deterrent. SO let us heed it. Let it deter us.

Let us be just as worried about the struggles and deeds we do daily being accepted, as our efforts in fasting being accepted.

It makes no sense not to be.

This is a reminder to myself first.

May Allah guide us and strengthen us, May He SWT allow us to continue the good habits we have upheld during Ramadan during the rest of the year. May He increase our iman, and accept our ibadah in all that we do. May He SWT guide us and keep us on the straight path and grant us jannah.

Ameen

Ramadan reflections

 

My first day of fasting was easier then I had anticipated.

Before Ramadan started, to be honest, I was worried. The thought of fasting was inconceivable, although I have done it before. It just seemed something that would be a struggle and a hardship! Although, of course I was looking forward to Ramadan at the same time. I really thought I would find not eating and drinking hard.

I remember when I was in South Africa, and talking to my cousin and his Muslim girlfriend about the fasts in London, and how long they were, and my cousins reaction was incredulity “No one can do that!” He said, my reply was “We all did though”.

I think sometimes as Muslims, especially those brought up in Muslim families in which fasting is the norm, we forget or we do not realise what an achievement fasting is. How those who do not fast view it as a feat of epic proportions! It just seems impossible to fast 18 hours a day for 30 days straight. Yet somehow we manage it. We manage it out of taqwa.

On the first day of Ramadan, I found refraining from food and drink surprisingly easy. I did not really think about food much. Kept busy. I felt a bit drained but nothing I couldn’t handle. When iftar came around I didn’t even feel hungry anymore!

However, unexpectedly I found controlling my thoughts a lot harder then controlling my food intake. My mind had been in the habit of thinking in a certain direction, linking certain comments and conversations with specific actions or thoughts. When I was at rest my mind wondered and wandered to places it shouldn’t go. While I was drifting of to sleep, or day dreaming. When I was having conversations and specific words or phrases reminded me of things.

For the first time I became consciously aware of the fact thoughts, backbiting, and so on could break your fast. I became scared that my fast would break, not as I would deliberately eat or drink, but because I couldn’t stop my mind drifting. Because certain thoughts I shouldn’t have, I held on to. The way I had been used to before Ramadan.

It just shows you the methods of the shaytaan. He knows he will be locked up so makes his preparations months in advance.Why are we not doing the same? He gets us in to these habits that will diminish our rewards in Ramadan. Make us waste our time and our efforts.

May Allah make it easy for me to resist the fitnah.

Friday night Iftars

Asalaamu alaykum

jazakallah khayrun to all the sisters and brothers who attended our iftar. We had about 30-40 people, much more then we anticipated alhamdulillah!

We did have some teething problems! Timings and things, but alhamdulillah we learn so we can do better next time!

Due to the success of this event we are planning to continue doing this event on Friday nights during Ramadan. InshaAllah one of the nights will be a “bring your Non Muslim friend/neighbour night” In which we will be inviting Non Muslim members of our community to share iftar with us.

Many sisters also offered sadaqah and zakaat for the madrassa alhamdulillah, May Allah accept it from them and reward them!

If you would be interested in attending, or know any sisters or brothers who may benefit from attending, please get in touch!

jzk

Naila

Surah Al Qadr

Surah Al Qadr


Its theme is to acquaint man with the value, worth and importance of the Quran. It is a glorious Book and its revelation for mankind is full of blessings.

–          Entire Surah is for the honour of one night, demonstrating the importance and how tremendous this one night is.

–          This Surah commemorates the 1st revelation, . Its being placed just after Surah Al-Alaq in the arrangement of the Quran by itself explains that the Holy Book, the revelation of which began with the first five verses of Surah Al-Alaq. was sent down in a destiny making night.

Qadr – The word Qadr originates meaning amount, a measurement.

a)      measure of the rank of someone, ie) He has great amount  with Allah

= Great value, worth

Qadr – Destiny, the way everything is measured out, ie) How much I live, how much I work

Therefore Laylatul Qadr means the Night of Destiny and Great worth.

And Surah Al Qadr means the Surah of Destiny and Great Worth

1)      Inna anzalnahu fee laylatialqadr

Indeed we sent it down in the night of power.

Inna acts as emphasis, meaning doubt it not

Verb is in the form of “we”, this is the we of tremendousness, so it can be seen as “tremendous sending down”

It is referring to Quran, the effect of starting with a pronoun with no reference points is to emphasise and praise,

Suggests there can be no doubt to what the surah is referring to, and what this tremendous matter is that was sent down.

This has the effect that the Quran is known, present and magnified in our hearts.

“We have sent it down”

Clarifies That is, it is not a composition of Muhammad (upon whom be Allah’s peace and blessing) himself, but Allah says We Ourself have revealed it.

AL Qadr = THE power, essence of great worth, ALL the worth.

“night of destiny” has multiple meanings.

First, that it is the night during which destinies are decided

The revelation of this Book in this night is not merely the revelation of a book but an event which will change the destiny of not only the Quraish, or of Arabia, but of, the entire world

2)      Wama adraka ma laylatualqadr?

And what will explain to you what the night of power is?

What?

=what can possible explain to you the true essence of the night?

=emphasised question,

= increase impact, shows the listener that reality is beyond comprehension

=Highlights that only Allah can answer this question and tell us, none of creation knows.

Adra is in past tense, suggesting the answer will come

These two verses build up suspense and intrigue, the listener will be wanting to know more.

3)      Laylatu alqadri khayrun min alfi shahr

The night of Great Worth is better then a thousand months,

Repition of “laylatul qadr”

=great anticipation, awe and emphasis,

=noun where a pronoun is expected, oppossite to verse 1 which has a pronoun where a noun is expected.

1000 months is 83 years, which is a whole lifetime, Laylatul Qadr is better then a whole life time! If you worship in this night, it is as if you have worshipped your entire life!

Allah has given us specific places and times as He SWT wants us to give importance to this, and wants us to search them out.

Allah magnified this night, therefore we should magnify it.

Allah has hidden this night from us

-Great matters require hardwork and determination to obtain

– The people who find it will be those who are determined to.

-In His wisdom, as a mercy to us, Allah SWT has given us avidness, desire and exertion,

May Allah bless us with these things.

Laylatul Qadr can be said to be similar to

–          Blessed hour on Fridat

–          Supreme name

–          The most exalted prayer

–          Our final hour (death)

As we don’t know when it causes us to struggle and strive to gain ajr or avoid disadvantage.

4)      Tanazzalu almala-ikatu warroohufeeha bi-ithni rabbihim min kulli amr

In it the angels and the spirit descend by the leave of their Lord, for every command.

Tannazzul – implies multitude, one after another

The spirit – Jibreel, Source of knowledge, through him revelation comes down. He has a special rank

With the leave

– implies the Angles are ready and waiting to come, they want to come, as soon as the permission of Allah is given they leave.

–          The earth is blessed they want to come down.

–          Angels love believers and believers love angels.

–          Angels love dhikr, believers love dhikr

The angles come with the commands for the next year.

5)      Salamun hiya hatta matlaAAialfajr

Peace it is, till the rising of dawn

–          Salaam = pure well being, goodness, freedom from bad/pain

The word peace is first, instead of there is peace until dawn, “peace it is” this emphasises that this is the night of pure peace, the essence of peace.

NOT peaceful as an adjective, ie “the night is peaceful”

Instead emphasis; “the night is Peace”

–          Hatta =until the last moment, all the way, every moment.

The night that evil will not touch those in ibadah and angels will be praying for believers.

via Surah Al Qadr.

Channel 4 Broadcast call to prayer

It has been widely circulated that the adhaan on channel 4 will be broadcast from an ahmadiyya mosque. Yet again Muslims dont seek daleel and believe anything they here. I contacted channel four and this is what they had to say.

 

Dear Naila,

Thank you for contacting Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries regarding 4RAMADAN: Call To Prayer.

Thank you for your email.  However, we would like to confirm that the Call to Prayer was not filmed in a mosque, but rather will feature scenes in and around London.

We hope the above sets your mind at ease.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact us here at Channel 4 and for your interest in our programming.
Regards,
Noah Sinclair
Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries
The confusion came from a picture of a mosque used in an article, which channel four has requested be changed.
The adhaan will be read by Hassen Rassol who has said
Assalaamualaykum,
Re: Channel4 Adhan,

I, Hassen Rasool would like to clarify that that Channel4 Adhan has NOTHING to do with the Ahmedias.

The New Statement used a photo of the Ahmedias mosque in their article which created all this confusion.
I have personally asked Channel4 to ask The New Statesman to change the image ASAP.

If you need any more clarification contact Justine Bower
jbower@channel4.co.uk
Tel: 02073068427

Cheers
Hassen Raoool

Here is Hassen doing adhaan

Ramadan – The month of Victory

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Many of us may know that Ramadan is a month of blessing, a month of reward and a month of fasting. However, many of us may not know that Ramadan was a month of victory in which Allah (swt) blessed the Ummah with conquests on the battlefield.

Why know the Ummah’s history?

– remember, reflect upon and learn from past examples

– Lessons for the future.

– An example for us.

Key events during Ramadan

Battle of Badr – 17th Ramadan 3 A.H

–          The Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam and 313 of his companions set out to intercept a caravan of their own goods that had been left in Makkah.

–          Led by Abu Sufyan ,50,000 dinars.

–          Instead met by army of Quraish,

–          Outnumbered three to one and appearing weak and unseasoned.

–           Allah gave them a decisive victory on this day of Ramadan that would never be forgotten.

–          First Battle of the Muslims. Won although outnumbered and out armed and fasting.

Wadi al – Qura 6 A.H.

–           Zaid ibn Haritha was sent to Wadi al-Qura Fatimah bint Rabiah, the queen of that area.

–          Fatimah had previously attacked a caravan led by Zaid and had succeeded in plundering its wealth.

–          She was known to be the most protected woman in Arabia, as she hung fifty swords of her close relatives in her home.

–          Fatimah was equally renowned for showing open hostility to Islam.

–           She was killed in a battle against these Muslims in the month of Ramadan.

Opening of Makkah 8 AH

–          The Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam set out with an army from Makkkah to Madinah.

–           The city of Makkah was conquered without a battle, on 20 Ramadan.

–           This was one of the most important dates in Islamic history for after it, Islam was firmly entrenched in the Arabian Peninsula.

–          smashing the idols of Makkah,

–          detachments were sent to the other major centres of polytheism and al-Lat, Manat and Suwa, some of the greatest idols of Arabia, were destroyed

The Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, passed through approximately nine Ramadans after the Hijrah. They were filled with decisive events and left us a shining example of sacrifice and submission to Allah.

Yemen 10 AH

–          Ali ibn abu talib and Khalid bin walid went to Yemen to spread Islam, all the tribe of Hamadan  on hearing Prophet Muhammad’s letter embraced Islam

13 AH Khilafah of Abu Bakr

–           Persians fought against Muslims. Gathered in Al Buwayb in Iraq. Persian leader killed. Two further successful attacks.

31 AH Nubians

–           Broke peace treaty. Muslims (Uthmaan) fought against Nubians in Egypt with an army of 20000, new treaty was signed which enabled spread of Islam in Eastern Africa

53 AH Rhodes Island

–           Liberated by Muslims from Romans who had attacked.

–           Became a base for Islamic navy, and as a result of its strategic position helped in conquest of Constantinople.

582 AH Salah ud Din victory against crusaders.
What can we learn?

– A month of striving, they continued to strive to implement Islam in all areas of their life during Ramadan.

– This included dawah, work within in their community, jihad, taking opportunities that came their way. They wouldn’t stop doing these things and only focus on their selves and individual ibadah because it was Ramadan

 Drew from the blessings of Ramadan to gain victory.

– The Muslims knew since the duty of fasting was prescribed upon them, that if they behaved sincerely with devotion, He would grant them decisive victories beyond imagination.

-If a Muslim fights against his desires succeeds in defeating his instincts sincerely by the intention of pleasing God, it would be then logical that he would vanquish his enemy by the will of God

– Knew the importance of developing sabr through fasting.

: “… if there are twenty amongst you, patient and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred. If they are a hundred, they will vanquish a thousand of the unbelievers: for these are a people without understanding.” (8:65)

 
The month of Ramadan in the time of the Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam. It was a time of purification, enjoining the good, forbidding the evil and striving hard with one’s life and wealth. After the death of the Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, Muslims carried on this tradition and Allah used the true believers to affect the course of history

Ramadan is a time of great trials and crucial events

 

What do we do today?

–          Misconceptions about fasting and the activities of a fasting person.

–          We go into a state of semi-hibernation, spending most time in bed or resting.

–          Unnatural sleep = lazy, dull-witted and often cranky.

What should we do?

Ramadan is actually a time of increased activity.

The believer, now lightened of the burdens of constant eating and drinking, should be more willing to strive and struggle for Allah.

–          Like the sahabah we should use the blessings or Ramadan to help us in our struggle to implement Islam in to all areas of our lives.

–          Many of us get angry and irritable in Ramadan and expect people to understand.

–          Expecting people to change for you because you are fasting, is not expecting reward from Allah, reward from people.

–          The companions fought major battles in Ramadan shows that Ramadan is not a month of laziness.

–          The companions became extra patience to achieve reward, these jihad required sabr and extra effort.

–          Learn how to control your temper and control your tongue.

–          Who are your friends? Nothing destroys your month of Ramadan and your life like an evil mate.

–          Try to bring closer to you friends who remind you of Allah SWT.

–          Feel the pain of the Ummah, what our companions went through, and what they are going through today, motivate you to worship Allah and allow you to think clearly how to serve Allah in the year to come.

–           The Ummah needs you. We are responsible for them. Jihad with hand, but also with tongue, with money. Reward multiplied.

–          Make dua Allah preserves you from plot of shaytan from man and jin.

–          Stay away from extravagance even if it is halal.

Our Victory

–          Our Victory in Ramadan is we learn how to patiently persevere. Then as Allah promises in the above verse, victory will come to us.

–          In this month we do something which requires extreme will power and dedication, and would be unthinkable to most of us the rest of the year.

–          Makes us realise what we are capable of.

–          Makes us understand we do not have to be slaves to our nafs, but are able to have victory over our nafs.

 

Reality is not what you eat and what time. It is what you learn and what you gain from Ramadan.

–          If we really want to make a change become victorious in month of Ramadan we need to take that plan after Ramadan.

The sign that Ramadan is accepted from you is that Allah makes you a better person in Ramadan. Even Just one trait.

 Allah loves that which is small and constant.

This is what makes you successful and victorious in Ramadan.

Productive Ramadan for Busy Mums!

Productive Ramadan for Busy Mums!

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Plan Meals

Preparing suhoor and iftar may not be a struggle if you organise yourself efficiently. It may be helpful to make a plan of what you are going to cook for the day to ensure that not all your time is spent on the cooking and there is ample time for other important duties such as nafl (voluntary, extra) prayers, Quran recitation, dhikr, and attending taraweeh (night) prayers.

Build A Support Network

—Get the family involved in Ramadan activities, such as going to taraweeh or attending events.
—Ask relatives to baby sit the kids now and again.
—Get together with other mums, so that you are able to take turns in taking children to school and other activities
—Make a babysitting club where every week one mum takes their turn to look after the kids!
Schedule Me Time
—Use your support network
—Identify a specific time when you can be away from the demands of the home so that you can strengthen spiritually. This could be at night before you sleep, or in the morning before everyone is awake

it is important to ensure you don’t ‘burn out’ and ask your husband/family/friends for support – they can also be informed about this time  that you need with your Lord and will respect that if you tell them.

Create Mini Rotas
—Create a rota for tidying and cleaning up after iftar, encouraging your children to take turns to earn more reward this month!
—For mothers who have young babies, maybe work out a rota where your husband does the ‘night shifts’ in tending to the baby if he’s not working weekends for example.
Power Nap!
—Remember the advice when your kids were small to sleep while they slept, or whenever you can get the chance? Now is the time to reimplement that method!
Mini Halaqahs
—Sit down with your children and teach them about Islam
—Use this time to learn yourself. You can learn duas or Allah’s names, the stories of the prophets, or practice tajweed together with your children!

Ramadan Reminders

Ramadan

Productive ramadhan poster

If you missed the info from our Productive Ramadan Seminar, don’t despair!

Here are some of the points from the seminar!

For the full course pack please get in touch.

Make intentions

Ensure that your fasting is only for Allah, we have already seen the numerous benefits of fasting but the primary motivation of fasting should be solely to seek Allahs pleasure. The Prophet had highlighted the conditions for fasting to be accepted by saying

“Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

“Out of faith” in this context refers to ensuring that your worship is solely for Allah.

Have the eagerness to get your fasts and worship accepted

Sometimes it is difficult to hope and wish for something without realising its value. We already went through the value of Ramadan and the associated rewards and so most of you should feel eagerness in your hearts for our efforts to be rewarded/accepted. If you are still unsure think about what makes you eager…think back to last year Ramadan…make an assessment of how your heart measured up in terms of possessing that eagerness

The spiritual motivation within us is an innate aspect of our being and its fulfilment is our ultimate objective in life. Those who fail to achieve this objective will experience feelings of emptiness, despair, anxiety and dread. This motive compels us to reflect upon God and His creation, our purpose and our final destination.

So seek that motivation. Sometimes you can cultivate that eagerness in your heart by reminding yourself about the rewards, virtues, and benefits of Ramadan.

 Engage intently in worship during Ramadan

Ensure that all our acts of Ibadah during Ramadan are purposeful, absorbing, given due time, and engage our hearts to the fullest. It would indeed be a big loss if we merely earned hunger, thirst, and sleeplessness from our actions at the end of the month!
The Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) once said,  “Some who fast obtain nothing from it but hunger and thirst.”

Ramadan 1433

Ramadan 1433.

The August sky just before fajr this Ramadan took my breath away. The glittery stars coupled with two planets – the last I checked online, it said that they were Mars and Venus though I’m not too sure of the reliability of this information – greeted me nightly as I stood at the balcony of my apartment to take my ablution. After almost two weeks of seeing those stars, I felt compelled to readSurah An-Najm which brought me to another level of awareness about something I was previously incognizant of.  Upon retrospection, I realized that there are also many verses from the Quran which I’d read this Ramadan that had offered me food for thought and brought new levels of awareness and perception towards the world, alhamdulillah.

I’m definitely going to miss the baraqah that Allah blesses all mankind during Ramadan. Beyond the obligatory act of fasting, the beauty and sense of peace I derive from simple pleasures like reading the Quran, performing my prayers and many more makes me feel utterly grateful to Allah for allowing me to live just that bit more to experience Ramadan and perform some ibadah during this month.

I cannot begin to imagine what the future will bring for me within the next one year. Regardless, I really pray that Allah grants me an opportunity to experience yet more months of Ramadan in the years to come, insyaAllah amin.

Hope is in the (Ramadan) air

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