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Patience is a virtue – Newham Dawah Team

By Rahena Bint Ala of NDT Sister’s.

Circles held on Saturdays 12pm Rythm Centre Plaistow, E13

 

Many times we find ourselves in a constant battle to achieve our desires but also to achieve pleasure from our Lord the Almighty Allah. We may find ourselves, in our weakest moments, off guard and open to the attacks of the shayateen. When we want what we desire we find ourselves planning and finding ways to go around the potential sin in order to make it “halal”. This is mere waswasa that destroys our good will and intention and seeks to nullify the good we try to do, this waswasa enables us to justify the haraam thus making us psychologically able to conceal the shame and hatred of the supposed act. When we find ourselves doing this and committing the sin, we have actually desensitize ourselves to the guilt that should/usually follows, to the point that we are no longer remorseful thus creating a black stain on our hearts.

In the hadith of Jibreel, when he came to the Prophet SAW and asked him about Islam, Eeman and Ihsan, the Prophet SAW said about Eeman “Eeman is to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Final Day and the Divine Decree, the good and the bad thereof”

As travelers in this mere temporary dunya we may find ourselves in one of the two situations, either something good happens and where we should thank Allah or something bad happens in which we should have patience.

The Messenger of Allah SAW said “Strange is the affair of the Mu’min, verily all his affairs are good for him. If something pleasing befalls him he thanks Allah and it becomes better for him. And if something harmful befalls him he is patient and it becomes better for him. And this is only for the Mu’min”

In general Scholars have divided patience into three distinct categories:
1. Patience to obey Allah and what He has ordered; being patient during the deed, not forgetting Allah and to make the deed as good and as complete as possible
2. Patience to refrain from disobedience- “The world is the believers prison and the non believers paradise”- patience is required after repentance in order to distant yourselves from Shaytaan therefore each new temptation must be resisted.
3. Patience in the face of problems or afflictions- this includes everything that happens against ones will.

Such trials are from Allah and no matter how bad they may seem they are in reality mere opportunities for the person because Allah does not impose hardship on the believe except that He wants to purify them so that they may be grateful to Allah. “Verily, we have created mankind into hardship” 90:4

In conclusion, no matter what kind of jihad you are facing, remember to seek patience as well as being grateful to Allah. You may not get what you desired in the dunya, but we are mere humans how do we know what we want is good for us? It could be that there is something better for us in the akhira inshaAllah.

“And keep yourself patient with those who call upon their Lord morning and evening, seeking His Acceptance” 18:28

Everybody needs good neighbours 2/10/13

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What does Islam say about neighbours?

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Jibreel kept on enjoining the good treatment of neighbours to the extent that I thought that he would include neighbours as heirs.”

The best of companions with Allaah is the one who is best to his companion, and the best of neighbours with Him is the one who is best to his

“Worship Allaah and join none with Him (in worship); and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, Al-Masaakeen (the poor), the neighbour who is near of kin, the neighbour who is a stranger, the companion by your side…”[al-Nisaa’ 4:36

“He will not enter Paradise from whose harm his neighbour is not safe.”

“Whoever believes in Allaah and the Last Day, let him honour his neighbour.”

: “O Messenger of Allah, such-and-such a woman spends her nights in prayer, fasts during the day, and so on, and she gives charity, but she offends her neighbours with her sharp tongue.” The Prophet (s) said:  Her good deeds will be of no avail: she is among the people of Hell.’ They said, ´And so and so prays only the obligatory prayers, gives charity in the form of left over curds, but does not offend anyone.’ The Prophet (s) said: ´She is among the people of Paradise.’ 1

´There are three worst types of people: a ruler who, if you do well, does not appreciate it and if you do wrong, he does not forgive you for it; a bad neighbour who, if he sees something good, he conceals it, and if he sees something bad he broadcasts it; and a wife who, when you are present, she annoys you and if you go away, she betrays you.’ 1

 “A man who commits adultery with ten women has committed a lesser sin than one who commits adultery with his neighbour’s wife.”  “A man who steals from ten households has committed a lesser sin than the one who steals from his neighbour’s house.”.

 ´How many people will be hanging on to their neighbours on the Day of Resurrection, saying: ‘O my Rabb He shut his door in my face and denied me his kind treatment and help

Rights of neighbours include; initiation of greetings, visiting him if he is sick, offering condolences if calamity befalls him, congratulating him at times of joy, overlooking his mistakes, concealing his faults, bearing his annoyance with patience, giving him gifts, lending him money if he needs it, lowering one’s gaze from looking at his womenfolk, and guiding him to that which will benefit him in his religious and worldly affairs

What is a good neighbour?

As Muslims we define what is good and bad according to the rules of Allah SWT. A good neighbour is not one that is not seen and not heard as many may think.

The Muslim who is truly aware of the teachings of his religion is the best of people in his dealings with his neighbours, and the most respectful, kind and considerate towards them.

Tolerant – He does not stop him from using and enjoying his home, ´No one should prevent his neighbour from fastening a piece of wood to his wall.

(Bukhari and Muslim)

Treats him the way he would like to be treated

´By the One in Whose hand is my soul, no servant truly believes until he likes for his neighbour (or he said: his brother) what he likes for himself.’

Social responsibility –

´If you cook some broth, add extra water to it, then think of the families in your neighbourhood and send some of it to them.’

(Muslim)
The Muslim’s conscience will not let him ignore his neighbour’s poverty and difficulty while he is living a life of ease and plenty.

´He does not believe in me, who eats his fill while his neighbour beside him is hungry, and he knows about it’

Treats them in the best way he can

O Muslim women, do not think that any gift is too insignificant to give to a neighbour, even if it is only a sheep’s foot.

(Bukhari and Muslim)

Gratitude – gratitude engenders friendship among neighbours and encourages mutual support and help. This is in addition to the fact that thanking people for favours is a basic Islamic trait which the Prophet (s) strongly encouraged:
´The one who does not give thanks to people does not give thanks to Allah.’ 1 

Closest first – ´O Messenger of Allah, I have two neighbours, so to which one should I send a gift?’ He said, ´To the one whose door is closer to yours.  (Bukhari)

What about non Muslim Neighbours?

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr had a sheep slaughtered and asked his slave, “Did you give some meat to our Jewish neighbour? For I heard the Prophet (s) say, ‘Jibril kept on enjoining the good treatment of neighbours to the extent that I thought he would include neighbours as heirs.’ (Bukhari and Muslim)

Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for [your] Faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and Mustly with them: for Allah loves those who are Must.} (Qur’an 60:8) 

Neighbours are of three kinds:

(1) that one who has got one right upon you;

(2) that one who has got two rights upon you;

(3) that one who has got three rights upon you.

The neighbour having three rights upon you is the one who is also a Muslim and a relative. The neighbour having two rights is the one who is either a non-Muslim or a non-relative Muslim.

The neighbour having one right is the one who is neither a Muslim nor a relative. Still he has got all the claims of neighbourhood-rights upon you.

 

How can I be a better neighbour?

Be aware of the Islamic rulings and reccomendations

-Greeting and smiling.

-Offering to help

-We don’t know our neighbours, lack of community spirit, so be the catalyst that can cause the creation of community. Send food at Ramadan, Eid cards, be friendly and approachable, offer to drop neighbours kids to school etc if you can see they are struggling.

-Dawah through actions. Show that we care, that Islam makes us better, more caring people. We don’t backbite, we help where we can, we are conscientious.  We care and want to make our communities a better place.

-empathy and understanding, one off parties, weddings,

-Don’t limit yourself to Muslim activities. Community issues effect Muslims, and we need to be represented on Governing bodies, health groups and so on.

-Parable of the ship. We need to work together.

What are the benefits of being a good neighbour?

Islam focuses on benefits to whole society over benefits to individual

´The believers are like a wall whose bricks are fitted tightly together; each one of them supports another.  (Bukhari)

The rulings on rights of neighbours exist, to create an harmonious cohesive society.

Islam pays attention to the issue of neighbours, whether they are Muslim or not, because of the interests served by that in making the nation like one body.

If the ship sinks we will all drown. Therefore we have to support each other.

At the moment, in the societies we live in, the ship is sinking.

Implications of being a better neighbour?

-Our communities are more cohesive, those people who are alone and struggling would be supported and cared for.

-Also we create a better environment for our children to grow up in. Helping your neighbours and community is the same as creating opportunities for your own children and family.

– It is our duty to create a good environment for our children

-lack of family structure, need to create that network of support in different ways.

-Do you think your own children wont be effected just because they say they are Muslim?

 

So Islam counts a good neighbour, one whose presence is a source of comfort, security and safety, as one of the joys of a Muslim’s life. The Prophet (s) honoured the good neighbour by describing him as one of the pillars of happiness in a Muslim’s life:

´Among the things that bring happiness to a Muslim in this life are a righteous neighbour, a spacious house and a good steed.’ 3

The salaf appreciated the value of good neighbours so much that they considered having a good neighbour to be a priceless blessing. One story which reflects this tells that the neighbour of Sa’id ibn al- ‘As wanted to sell his home for 100,000 dirhams, and told the would-be purchaser, “This is the price of the house, but what would you give for having Sa’id as a neighbour?” When Sa’id heard about this, he sent his neighbour the price of the house and told him to stay there.

 

Autumn Term @ NILC!!

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After a packed summer, we are now ready to announce our new terms activities!!

We have new and exciting activities this Autumn at NILC!!

Knitter Natter

A chance to get together and learn a new skill, inshaAllah we will be knitting blankets for Syria, run by Artistic Alauddin Fatima, calligraphist!

Thursdays Starting 12th September 12-2

And from 19th Sept onwards 10am – 12pm

£1 a session

Islamic Parenting Classes

Advice and tips on raising healthy and happy Muslim children. Behaviour techniques, communication, setting a routine, discipline and boundaries.

Free Taster session wed 18th September 1pm – 2.30pm

Then

Thursday 26th sept 1pm – 2.30pm

Thursday 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th October 1pm – 2.30pm

£5 a session payable in advance.

Muslim Mother and toddler group

A chance to network, socialise and meet other Muslim Mums, while children are engaged in activities based on EYFS.

Tuesdays 1-3 Starting 1st October

Souk for Syria

 

Bazaar and charity sale!

Clothes
Mehndi
Face painting
Food
Cupcakes
Canvases
Gifts
Books

and more!!!

ALL FUNDS GOING TO NILC SYRIA APPEAL
Newham Islamic Learning Centre is fundraising in order to buy an ambulance which will be driven to Syria by a member of the NILC management, on Human Aid’s December convoy.

 

Muslimah Directions Halaqah

Empowering local Muslim women by sharing knowledge and providing, support, encouragement and friendship, in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Using Islamic reminders, and examples that we can implement in our every day lives.

Fortnightly Starting Wed 4th Sept 1pm – 3pm

Syria Human Aid Convoy

a member of our management team will be driving an ambulance to Syria on the Human Aid convoy in December inshaAlah. We will be fundraising for the NILC ambulance.

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

Seeds of Faith 2

Dua from The Quran

 

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
[البقرة :201]

 

Rabbana atina fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil ‘akhirati hasanatan waqina ‘adhaban-nar

 

Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and save us from the chastisement of the fire
[2:201]

Al-Hasan said: ‘al-Hasana (good) in the Dunyaa is knowledge and worship, and in the Hereafter it is Paradise.’ Sufyan said: ‘al-Hasana (good) in the Dunyaa is knowledge and good provision, and in the Hereafter Paradise.’ [From: ‘Lattaif al-Ma’arif p.302

Hadith

 

“Actions are according to intentions, and everyone will get what was intended. Whoever migrates with an intention for Allah and His messenger, the migration will be for the sake of Allah and his Messenger. And whoever migrates for worldly gain or to marry a woman, then his migration will be for the sake of whatever he migrated for.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

 

Scholars have commented that this hadith comprises one-third of knowledge because the actions of man involve his heart, his tongue and his limbs, and hence the intention in the heart is one-third of action

 

Allah’s Names

 

The names and attributes of Allah are part of tahweed (belief). To know Allah we need to know His attributes.

 

Al Mumin :

The One who faithfully bestows the gifts of peace, safety and security. The One who grants freedom from fear. The One who illuminates the heart with faith. The One who is most trustworthy.

 

Linguistic Roots:

1)  From emaan, it means The One who gives emaan. Mu’min is One who has emaan, One who gives emaan and One who believes. Emaan is the opposite of denial. When we have emaan in something, we affirm that is true.  Mu’min is One who believes, gives emaan and affirms the truth.

 

2)From aman (safety, security and freedom from fear), The One who gives Security and Peace. The opposite of security is i: fear, so Mu’min is The One who removes the fear. Furthermore, from this same root is the word amaanah (امانة), which give Al Mu’min the meaning of The One who is Faithful.

 

Seeds of Faith – Issue 1 – 25/7/13

Seeds of faith

 – Let Islam Grow within YOU

seeds of faith

Seeds of faith is a bite size weekly leaflet, which aims to boost Islamic knowledge and understanding within the mind, and inspire the blossoming of faith in the heart.

Please join us in learning one hadith, one dua and one of Allah’s name a week.

To receive the pdf version, screen shot which is above please send me your email address via facebook, email or text.

Dua from The Quran

 

حَسْبِيَ اللّهُ لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِي

 

Hasbiyah Allahu la Ilaa ha illa huwa. ‘alayhi twakkal tu wa huwa rabbul ‘arshil adheem (9:129)

 

Allah is sufficient for me. None has the right to be worshipped but He, in Him I put my trust and He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne.

 

The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said, “Allah will grant whoever recites this seven times in the morning and evening whatever he desires from this world or the next.” [Saheeh, Sunan Abee Dawood]

 

Hadith

Indeed the nearest to Allah are those who make salaam first. (Ahmad)

Exchanging salaam holds a high position in Islam. Not only is salaam equated with many other important deeds, but it is one of the defining criteria of belief.

Allah’s Names

 

The names and attributes of Allah are part of tahweed (belief). To know Allah we need to know His attributes.

 al quddus

Al Quddus :

The One who is Very Pure, Absolutely Pure, He is far and above anything that does not befit Him.

The basic meaning is derived from the word “Quds”-pure and blessed. So, Al-Quddus refers to one who is free and perfect from any deficiency, holy in all aspects

 

The First meaning of Qaf-daal-seen (ق د س), quds, is taharah (cleanliness). The verb qadasa is from the same root and it is used for the movement of a bucket. Why is it called qadasa? Because from the bucket that has water, you will obtain purity and cleanliness.

The second meaning of this root is barakah, a lot of goodness. So with this meaning, Al Quddoos means: The One who is Blessed, the One who is the Source of All Good, The One with a lot of Khayr. This root means to be or go far away. So Allah ta`ala (most High) is far from any impurity or imperfection.

 

 

 

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.

Ramadan – The month of Victory

al quds

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

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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.”
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