So it’s Ramadhan, and every one is fasting and trying to do as many good deeds as possible.
But what about Anger? Jealousy? Hate?
They are a few of the hardest emotions to control, in Ramadhan and not. Infact, although people might say that it’s easier to abstain from these emotions in Ramadhan, however I think it’s infact the opposite because of the lack of food, and the short temper.
I find it quite hard personally, because I am myself a very short tempered person, and cant stand it when something isn’t fair. But then again, life isn’t fair as I get told time and time again.
With no food, water and having to cook, dying inside as you see the butter melting in the pan, and the onions frying till they’re brown and crisp.
It’s hard. But we have to keep in mind the reason why we have to keep away from these things.
Think about the dire consequences that might occur if you say something you dont mean when your brain is masked with anger.
Imagine you say to someone, “I hate you.” And you both go to sleep. You wake up but the other person doesnt. They died. Without forgiving you.
On Yawmul-Qiyamah, you will have to ask that person forgiveness, and they would have to forgive you, otherwise you might not enter Jannah. Keep in mind that this is the scariest day in the persons life, and right now they hate every one becuase of the torment they might be going through. Are they likley to forgive you, a person who’s last words echoed in their head as they passed away, words that should not be played around with?
Think about it. You dont want to do or say something bad and unjust to anybody, or you dont want to show you temper, because sisters and brothers, we dont know when we are going to die, and what state we are going to die in.
And it being Ramadhan, we want to earn reward as much as possible, and not even go near the bad. So keep away from such useless emotions, and ask for forgiveness, from Allah, and you ummah.
My older sister sent me this text last Ramadhan, before I had a blog, and today, I remembered it.
“The Annual Ramadhan sale is now on! With JANNAT up for grabs, and up to 50% off on all temptations and Shaytaans whispering, you CANNOT afford to miss these INCREDIBLE give aways! With every FARD purchased, you get the thawab SEVENTY FARA-ID! Dont forget, we are open during suhur and iftar, Please note Dua mastercard accepted at these times. So HURRY! What ARE you waiting for! Sale only on for this month!”
There was something about Nafl prayers aswell, but that was cut off half way….
Hoped you liked it, and Ramadhan Mubarak everyone!
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
I went to the summer conference in Green Lane Masjid on Friday, Sat and Sun, and it was excellent. The people delivering the lectures were easy to listen to and enthusiastic about every topic they were given to do.
One of the speakers was Sheick Sajid Ahmed Umar, who was born in Leicster, brought up in Zimbabwe and educated in Saudi. MashaAllah, just by that, I was inxlined to listen to him. He said that he was given the title of a topic named: “Me, Myself, and I.” and he thought what talk he could give about that topic. He said that obviously, he thought of the obvious reaction that most people would give, and talk baout selfishness and vanity, and the likes, but he said it was too common, and every one has heard this time and time again.
He decided to do the talk about how will be alone.
We will die alone.
We will be buried alone.
We will be questioned alone.
We will be punished in the grave alone.
We will recieve the book alone.
We will be accountable for Our Own sins.
We will confront Allah alone.
We will flee from our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and friends.
We will be alone.
And just those couple of sentences that he started the lecture off with got me thinking. That is so true. And yet how much time do we spend with our friends, and families, enjoying their company and hating to be alone. Do we ever think that maybe its beneficial for us to sit alone sometimes, and ponder what we have done for the day. Do we ever reflect on our day, see if we did all the things that are pleasing to Allah
How do we know that when we sleep we will wake up the next morning?
How do we know the head that haid down might not get up again?
How do we know that when we breath in, we might not be able to breath out again?
How do we know the eyes that have closed will open again?
We don’t. So we should ponder and reflect on all we did on that day, and if we did anything wrong, aske for forgiveness. Say Astaghfirullah atleast 50 times, and mean it.
Brothers and Sisters, we need to wisen up, and know that we wont be in this world forever. We need to repent, and start doing the things you said you would do five years ago. Start worshipping Allah. Command the good and forbid the bad.
The word nasheed in Arabic means raising the voice when reciting verse and making the voice sound beautiful and gentle.
There are conditions to which attention must be paid with regard to this matter:
Not using forbidden musical instruments in nasheed.
Not doing it too much or making it the focus of the Muslim’s mind, occupying all his time, or neglecting obligatory duties because of it.
Nasheed should not be recited by women, or include haraam or obscene speech.
They should not resemble the tunes of the people of immorality and promiscuity.
They should be free of vocal effects that produce sounds like those of musical instruments.
They should not have moving tunes which make the listener feel “high” as happens to those who listen to songs. This is the case with many of the nasheeds which appear nowadays, so that the listeners no longer pay any attention to the good meaning of the words, because they are so entranced by the tunes. And Allaah is the Source of strength.
Fath al-Baari, 10/553-554-562-563
Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, 8/711
Source: Islam QA
إِنَّمَا الحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا لَعِبٌ وَلَهْوٌ وَإِن تُؤْمِنُوا وَتَتَّقُوا يُؤْتِكُمْ أُجُورَكُمْ وَلَا يَسْأَلْكُمْ أَمْوَالَكُمْThe life of this world is but play and pastime, but if you believe (in the Oneness of Allâh — Islâmic Monotheism), and fear Allâh, and avoid evil, He will grant you your wages, and will not ask you your wealth.
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh! I would now like to totally contradict my previous post, and give you a story from my life, only because I feel it has a great message and deserves to be on this blog.
So without futher ado, here goes:
A couple of weeks ago, my sisters and I had decided to pray Maghrib in jama’ah, and they had elected me to be the imam (when I say elected, I mean forced.) I wasn’t happy with this, because when I’m put under pressure, I forget everything, even my Fatiha. Alhamdulillah, my Fatiha remained intact, but it was infact my second surah that got messed up. My mind had gone blank, and I just couldn’t think what the next ayah was. In the end, my sister had to help me, and I finally finished it. Come the second rakah, I’d made up my mind, I was going to read surah Ikhlas for my second surah. I didn’t want to take any risks. After that, the salah finished smoothly Alhamdulillah.
You might be reading this thinking “…..and?” Well, the message I want to get accross to you is to not think too hard about what your reading, and just let it flow out of your tongue, easily and simple, like the flowing of a river. This was a surah that I knew quite well, but come Salah time, my mind thinks too much about it, and makes up some thing I call the ‘Devil Ifs’. There are two types.
The first one is when you always think “what if I did this instead?” In my opinion, that is totally wrong, and you can’t question your previous actions, because they aren’t actually even from you, but from the Qadr of Allah. The ‘if’ that was going round in my head was ‘what if I had point blank denied to be the Imam?’
The other ‘if’ is when you make up scenarios in your head about something that hasn’t yet happened. And example: ‘What if I mess up this surah?’ This funnily enough was circling my head aswell, and I was focusing so much on the ‘ifs’ that what I didn’t want to happen actually did. However, had I let that aside, and focused on my actual prayer, this mistake wouldn’t have happened. (See how I just used the word if there just in a different way? I did this without noticing, it’s only when I read through that I noticed. But this time I’m allowed.. )
I pray and focus better when I’m angry. The reason for this is because I know I have to calm down, that I can’t present my self infront of Allah like that, not in prayer. This helps me calm down immediatley, and it’s almost as if by doing that, I have defeated Shaytan and can pray without any distractions.
May Allah give us Khushoo (concentration) in prayer. Ameen.