A few wise words…

This is one of the most beautiful and amazing advice by the great scholar Imam Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah):

“A friend will not (literally) share your struggles, and a loved one cannot physically take away your pain, and a close one will not stay up the night on your behalf. So look after yourself, protect yourself, nurture yourself and don’t give life’s events more than what they are really worth. Know for certain that when you break no one will heal you except you, and when you are defeated no one will give you victory except your determination. Your ability to stand up again and carry on is your responsibility. Do not look for your self-worth in the eyes of people; look for your worth from within your conscious. If your conscious is at peace then you will ascend high and if you truly know yourself then what is said about you won’t harm you.

Do not carry the worries of this life because this is for Allah. And do not carry the worries of sustenance because it is from Allah. And do not carry the anxiety for the future because it is in the Hands of Allah.

Carry one thing: How to Please Allah. Because if you please Him, He Pleases you, fulfills you and enriches you.

Do not weep from a life that made your heart weep. Just say, “Oh Allah compensate me with good in this life and the hereafter.”

Sadness departs with a Sajdah. Happiness comes with a sincere Du’a. Allah Does Not forget the good you do. nor Does He Forget the good you did to others and the pain you relieved them from. Nor Will He Forget the eye which was about to cry but you made it laugh.

Live your life with this principle: Be good even if you don’t receive good, not because for other’s sake but because Allah Loves those who do good.”

I hope you enjoyed, take lesson and never forget to remember Allah(SWT) in everything you do.

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Journal of a Mu’takifah pt.4

24 Ramadhaan 1437 @ 14:43 p.m.

Mood: irritated
Para: 10- Khatam 2
Nafl namaaz read: Almost ALL
Daily sunnat: Shahadt after wudhu
Fave part of today: Acquiring knowledge
Today I make shukr for: A mind that thinks
Today I make taubah for: Excessive complaining
Itikaaf day: four

 Bismillahirrahmanir Raheem. All praise is due to Allah(SWT), the Lord of the worlds, He alone do we worship and He alone do we ask for help.

The man came to fix the tap today but he just ended up wasting over 10l of water… I’m feeling really bad because it was partly my fault, and to top it all off, the tap is still dripping so it was basically for nothing.

I really need to stop talking so much in I’tikaaf. Of course, it would help if my I’tikaaf sisters weren’t so darn interesting. Apa Sabeeha was telling me all about China. I had no idea the Chinese government is so xenophobic or that the people are so secluded. Did you know that in China, all outside communication networks are barred and you if you want to use things like Whatsapp or Facebook, you have to know certain codes/ find certain unbarred places on the outskirts? I was mindblown… there goes my dreams of visiting China, especially considering how strict the security is, especially with foreigners.

I didn’t make enough Ibadat yesterday, but I’m trying to make it up today In Shaa Allah. Even in I’tikaaf you have those off days when you feel so unproductive…

For Iftaar I had mince and pies. For sehri I had Jungle oats. Alhamdulillah, Allah(SWT)’s blessings are innumerable. I was so tired at Tahajjud though! This whole day, I’ve been sleeping so much, it’s like now that I’m getting into a routine, I’m becoming more comfortable and less excited which isn’t necessarily a good thing.
I’m still trying though, I just hope I haven’t compromised my I’tikaaf in any way…

“You’re like an empty cup, you can only share your Ilm with others if you fill your own cup first.”

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What if I knew? (a poem)

What if I knew?
What if I knew that today was my last?

What if I knew?
What would I say, where would I go, who would I be?

What would I do, if I knew, today was my last?
Would I stay the girl I’ve become or would I change completely?
Would I treat the people I know, the way I treat them now?
Would I laugh in the face of death and dare it to come quickly?

Or…

Would I regret…

… the choices I’ve made,

… the friends I’ve kept,

… the lies I’ve told,

… the truths I’ve withheld,

… the pain I’ve caused,

… the time I’ve wasted?

What if I knew?
What if I knew today was my last?

My last chance, My last hope, My last day, My last moment,
My last chance before it’s all snatched away?

Would I stand tall knowing I’ve done all that I should have?

Or…

Would I fall knowing I didn’t do all that I could have?

Would I smile or would I cry?
Am I ready to die?
Would all those things I called “important” things seem so necessary anymore?
Would all those things I called “fun” things seem so awesome anymore?

What if I knew?
What if I knew, that today was my last?
Where would I be? Who would I see? Would I be perfectly glad with “ME”?

What about all those things:

I’d yet to experience?

OR

All my dreams still to make real?

OR

All those people I still need to meet?

OR

All those little things…

What if I knew?
What if I knew that today was my last?

Would I be ready?

I hope you enjoyed, take lesson and never forget to remember Allah(SWT) in everything you do.

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Journal of a Mu’takifah pt.3

23 Ramadhaan 1437 @ 11:55 a.m.

Mood: fluiy
Para: 5- Khatam 2
Nafl namaaz read: ALL
Daily sunnat: dust out your shoes
Fave part of today: Tahajjud
Today I make shukr for: good friends
Today I make taubah for: Conversing with ghair mahrams
Itikaaf day: three

 Bismillahirrahmanir Raheem. All praise is due to Allah(SWT), the Lord of the worlds, He alone do we worship and He alone do we ask for help.

I think last night might have been Laylatul Qadr. I completed Muslim women and modern challenges. It’s kinda scary how many of Allah(SWT)’s commands we disobey… and yet, he still looks out for us.
For Iftaar we had very lekker chicken and very lekker hot milo. AllahummaLakalhamdu Walakashukr.
I read namaaz and Quraan Shareef then went to sleep. At 3 a.m. in the morning, I woke up with Apa Humairah’s alarm and couldn’t fall back to sleep so we stayed up and read Tahajjud. There aren’t a lot of times in my life when I’ve felt an absolute, unbreakable bond with my Rabb (I mean I’m in constant awareness of Him and I’m always striving to improve my relationship with Him, but I’m not always as on par with Him or my Deen as I would like) but at 3 a.m. in the morning I honestly felt like I wasn’t sitting on my musalla in a Madressah hall, I felt like I was unbreakable, like nothing in the world could break my faith. In Shaa Allah it will always stay that way and it’ll be a means of my forgiveness.
I had eggs and hot milk for sehri, was yummy. I went back to sleep after Ishraaq.
I really need to get more Ikhlaas in my life.
This tap at the Wudhu Khana keeps dripping. I didn’t realize just how much I hate dripping taps until now. I guess I’ve discovered another top peeve. It might be second only to long nails. I’m making sincere dua that it gets fixed soon, like within the next 5 minutes.
Ammi might come later, it’s strange how much you miss your mother. Even though you fight and argue, I don’t think there’s anyone in the world who loves you like your mother.

“Respect is earned, not taken.”

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List of Nafl Namaaz pt.1 (Time-specific)

Bismillahirrahmanir Raheem.

Tahajjud

Time: After the Fardh of Esha – Before Subah Saadiq (Before the time for Fajr sets in)
Rakaats: 2-12
Reward: Raises a person to the highest stages in Jannah.
“The dua made at tahajjud is like an arrow that is shot and does not miss its target” (stte)

Ishraaq

Time: 15-20 minutes after sunrise
Rakaats: 2-4
Reward: Thawaab of 1 Hajj and 1 Umrah
“Help in accomplishing all your works during the rest of the day” (stte)

Chast

Time: Mid-morning (before zawaal) [9:00-11:00]
Rakaats: 2-12
Reward: Recorded amongst the pious
*If the full 12 rakaats are read, a house will be built for you in Jannah
“Whoever took care to offer 2 rakaats, all his sins will be forgiven, even though they are as profuse a the sea” (stte)

Awwabeen

Time: after the Maghrib salaah
Rakaats: 6-20
Reward: sins will be forgiven
“If 6 rakaats are performed in succession with no break for worldly reasons, the reward will be 12 years nafl salaat” (stte)

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Journal of a Mu’takifah pt.2

22 Ramadhaan 1437 @ 14:55 p.m.

Mood: grateful
Para: 1- Khatam 2
Nafl namaaz read: ALL
Daily sunnat: dua when entering and leaving the masjid
Fave part of today: Morning taalim
Today I make shukr for: good food to eat everyday
Today I make taubah for: waste
Itikaaf day: two

 Bismillahirrahmanir Raheem. All praise is due to Allah(SWT), the Lord of the worlds, He alone do we worship and He alone do we ask for help.

Alhamdulillah this day is going well. Yesterday Ammi came to visit and make sure I was still surviving. She brought me some yummy chocolate and Jungle Oats (the flavoured ones!!). It was time for afternoon durood though so I didn’t get to speak to her for too long.
During “chill time” after Zuhr, I read Muslim Women and Modern Challenges by Maulana Afzal Ismail. It was very interesting, a real eye-opener. You just can’t take the reader out of me, not even in I’tikaaf.
For Iftaar we had Chicken curry, pies and cake (I know, upside down) then we read our salaah, made a bit of Ibaadah then slept early to wake up early at 4:15. (No, waking up for sehri is NOT easier just because you’re in I’tikaaf.)
I enjoyed my Jungle oats for breakfast (banana and toffee, yum). Even though I’m half fast asleep, I love the sehri time here. In a Madressa, mealtimes are so nice; you sit on a dastar, everyone shares food and (the best part) because I’tikaaf girls can’t go into the kitchen, everything is brought to us. I will forever be indebted to my sisters who made my khidmat.

{May Allah(SWT) grant them good, happy, healthy lives and the highest stages of Jannatul Firdaus, aameen.}

After sehri, we sat for morning durood and duas. The atmosphere is honestly something else. When you feel the words of “Abbatorahe bas tadaa me aakhir” touch your heart the way it does in I’tikaaf, you’ll yearn for it for the rest of your life.
We read Fajr, Quraan Shareef, Salaatul Ishraaq and went to sleep till about 10-10:30 when you wake up for Salaatul Chast.
I finished my Khatam today!! Alhamdulillah.
I’m feeling a little homesick but I’m mostly happy. I feel like I’m in a good place.

“You’re cloaked in a raincoat of sin and yet you complain when the rains of Rahmah don’t reach you.”

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Ramadhaan (a poem)

The month of Barakah has arrived, the shaitaan is locked away
We’re using this to grow closer to Allah(SWT) everyday

“لَااِلهَ الَّله نَسْتَغْفِرُالّلهَ نَسْأَلُكَ الْجَنَّةَ وَنَعُوْذُبِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ”
(La’ilaaha illallahu Nastaghfirullaha Nasalukal Jannata Wana’udhubika MinanNaar)
This Zikr is always on our lips
Any Dua can be accepted,
Jannah is at our fingertips

The first 10 days of mercy
We say “اللهم ارحمني وأنت خير الراحمين”
(Allahumarrhamni Wa anta Arhamarraahimeen)
We beg Him to have Rahmah,
To keep us on the path of Deen

We awaken before Fajr to eat Sehri
It’ll give us strength throughout the day
“بصوم غد نويت”
(Bi Sow mi Ghadin Nawaitu)
To make constant Ibaadat and our anger it will slay

When breaking our fasts we read
“ اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ صُمْتُ وَبِكَ امنْتُ [وَعَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْتُ] وَعَلَى رِزْقِكَ اَفْطَرْتُ ”
(Allahumma Lakasumtoo WaBikaa Aamantu Wa’Alayktawakkaltu Wa’Alaa Rizki ka aftartu)
We feed other fasting Muslims too
To receive abundant reward, there’s so much you can do

The second 10 days of Maghfirat
The days of mass forgiveness
Recite “اللهم اغفر ذنوبي يا رب العالمين” to be forgiven
(Allahummagh Firlee Dhunoobi Ya Rabbal A’lameen)
As long as you believe in His Oneness

Give Sadaqah for every joint,
For every bounty He’s bestowed unto you
There’s so many out there in dire need of it
Make Sabr and Shukr too

Ramdhaan is the month of Tilaaawat
Read as much Quraan as you possibly can
Make it your month of sole Ibadat
All other worldly things you should ban

Finally when the last 10 days dawns upon us,
“اللهم أجرنا من النار” is to be read
(Allahumma Ajirna minan Naar)
It’s for emancipation from the hell-fire
We need to turn to Allah(SWT) before we’re all dead

The night of Laylatul-Qadr
Fills the last odd nights with Noor
It’s reward is worth 1000 nights
On all of the possible nights read                                                                                                               “ اللهم إنك عفوٌّ كريمٌ تحبُّ العفو فاعفُ عنيا يا الغفور ”
(Allahumma Innaka Afuwwun Kareemun tuhibbul Awfa Fa’fu anni Ya Ghafoor)

Perform abundant Nafli Ibadat,
Ensure that your Fardh is in check
This is the blessed month of the year
Where you get your life back on track

When Eid-ul-Fitr comes around, you should be able to celebrate
And say, “I truly did my very best”
Make the most of your Ramadhaan
Only with Allah(SWT) lies the reward of this test

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