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Work Hard Till Your Last Breath

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: If the Last Hour comes while one of you has a palm seedling in his hand, which he can plant before it falls, let him plant it.” (Musnad Ahmad) The palm seedling will only bear fruit years later when the Day of Judgment is imminent, but the order of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is: “Plant it.” It is not: Repent! Pray! Ask forgiveness! Rather, “Plant it”. This is simple, yet teaches the whole law of Islam. One Connected Path There are not two different paths, one for this world and another for the hereafter. Nor a path for the hereafter called “Worship” and another for this world called “Work”. There is only one path leading to both and connecting them together. One path – its beginning in this world and its end in the hereafter. A path on which worship is nothing different from work; where both are one thing in the sight of Islam, moving along side by side. Once they meet and merge into one, the same thing happens insi

When Ibrahim (PBUH) was Thrown into a Fire!

What do you think Ibrahim (PBUH) felt like as his own people had kindled a fire for days and days that none of them could go near and was preparing to throw him into that fire? It wasn't just his own people but his own family including his father who he loved so much. He sees complete abandonment and complete humiliation. The words that he said when he was being thrown into the fire were “Allah is sufficient for us and the best Disposer of our affairs.” When he said this Allah cooled the fire and Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) was not harmed at all. Allah protected Prophet Ibrahim and he increased him. Allah does this when any of us call out to Allah and we ask Allah to protect us. When we realise that Allah is sufficient for us we will understand that Allah will never let us down.

6 Messages for Reflection in Surat Yasin

Surat Yasin is an invitation to all human beings to look and reflect on two miracles that Allah has placed in this universe: The Qur’an representing the recited words of Allah, and the universe representing the viewed signs of Allah’s power. The Surah develops its arguments in six distinct sections: 1- The Divine Words of Allah, and the attitude of the heedless [1-12] The Surah starts with a discussion about the revelation of the Qur’an and its purpose. The Arabs were not used to the concept of a Messenger and the Qur’an states that clearly: {To warn a people whose forefathers were not warned, and so they are unaware} (Yasin 36:6) Hence the Qur’an is a warning and a reminder for the heedless. Ghaflah is one of those diseases of the heart that may prevent someone from getting the guidance: {We have set barriers before and behind them, blocking their vision: they cannot see} (Yasin 36:9) 2- Reflect On History [13-30]: The next section mentions the story of a community tha

5 best good deeds in Islam.

The first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah will soon be here. We know that these 10 days are the best days of the year. Any good deed that we do during these days will be heavily rewarded. Here are 5 best good deeds in Islam. 1. Safe guard your tongue 2. Increase your piety. 3. Be content with a little not with a lot. 4. Offer good advice 5. Be patient!

8 Tips for Dhul-Hijjah Days… -7th is Really Easy

Have you missed some of the precious time of the previous Ramadan? Do you feel you could have done more in that blessed month? Are you disappointed with your performance during the last ten days of Ramadan and feel an overwhelming yearning for the spirituality of Laylat Al-Qadr? Well, you have another chance! It is out of Allah’s mercy that He bestows upon us blessed times in which rewards are multiplied. These seasons of goodness recur time after time, so that we can recharge our spiritual batteries and keep our hearts alive. Nowadays, we are witnessing one of them — the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah. You certainly must have read or heard about the greatness of these days and the indescribable amount of forgiveness and mercy that Allah bestows upon people during them. Now that these days are here, it is time for deeds, not words. The intelligent person is one who takes full advantage of every minute and every second, and this is not so difficult. There are many ways to achi

7 Qualities of Islam That Make it So Appealing

What makes so many people choose Islam? And what makes them stick to it despite every obstacle – opposing relatives, social stigma, loss of wealth, even risk of life? What makes them live it every day and never get fed up of it? Here are some of the things that I have found the most appealing about Islam. 1- Islam is as Old as Humanity Islam isn’t a new religion brought by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It has always been the true religion from Allah, and it explains everything from the creation of humanity to its ultimate destination. Every prophet was sent to teach Islam, even Moses and Jesus, though their followers later separated into different sects and corrupted the religion. The Quran describes how the earlier prophets used to preach to their people, and the essence of their message is one and the same. The Quran says about Ibrahim (peace be upon him): Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was one inclining toward truth, a Muslim [submitting to A

Covid-19: Pilgrims Start 7-Day Self-Isolation Before Hajj

Pilgrims who have been chosen for this year’s hajj have started their seven-day home isolation as part of strict safety measures due to COVID-19.  “According to the health protocol approved for Hajj, pilgrims who met the health requirements and conditions for this year’s Hajj began the 7-day home isolation procedures,” the ministry said on Twitter, Al-Arabiya reported. Hajj 2020 will commence on Tuesday, 28th of July 2020 and will continue till Sunday, 2nd of August 2020; in the evening time. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among pilgrims, Saudi Arabia has put in place stringent health and safety measures at the holy sites, cutting the number of pilgrims to only 1000. The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has said that health criteria are the main determinant for selecting the pilgrims. The pilgrims will undergo coronavirus testing before allowed to go to the holy city of Makkah. Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia issued health protocols to protect those going to t

Dua to Fulfil all Your Dreams

Everyone of us is trying to be a better person. Firstly we are trying to have a better relationship with Allah our creator. Allah says in the Quran “I have not created mankind or jinn for any purpose but to worship me.” In order to live our lives in the obedience of Allah, all our acts become acts of worship if our intention is correct. You do not need to pray all day or fast everyday in order to be seen as someone who is a worshipper of Allah, you need to live your life in obedience of Allah to be considered as His worshipper. In Surah ul Mulk Allah tells us that death and life are a test for us. We are all in competition with who we were yesterday. We should be trying to be better than we were yesterday, doing more good deeds that we did in the days previous. Allaahummak-finee bihalaalika ‘an haraamika wa ‘aghninee bifadhlika ‘amman siwaaka. “O Allah, suffice me with what You have allowed instead of what You have forbidden , and make me independent of all others besides You.

What Should We Do during the First 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah?

Dhul-Hijjah is finally here. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) told us that there are no good deeds that can be done that are more beloved to Allah than the good deeds that can be done in the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah. So what should we do during the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah? 1. Focus on perfecting the obligatory prayers or any obligation in general. 2. Focus on the Sunnah acts, sunnah prayers and reading the Quran. 3. Fasting, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) would fast during the 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah. The only day we can't fast is the 10th day. We should try and fast on the 9th day. Day of Arafah. Fasting the day of Arafah forgives the sins from the year before and the year after when one fasts on the day of Arafah. 4. Make a lot of dhikr, the phrases are so light and easy that you can be doing it a lot on those first 10 days. 5. Sharing goodness. Share goodness to those who you love and others.

Islamic Sacred Months: Quick Simple Information

What are the sacred months? The sacred months are four: Dhul-Qi`dah, Dhul-Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab. During the sacred months, the rewards of good deeds are doubled and punishment for wrongdoings is multiplied. Therefore, Muslims are encouraged to refrain from sins and increase the good deeds during these months. However, this doesn’t mean that the rest of months are less important. Muslims believe they should seize each month, each day, even each hour to do good and please their creator. Sacred months are considered sacred for two reasons: Allah has declared that fighting is forbidden in these months, unless initiated by the enemy; and transgression of the sacred limits during these months is worse than at other times. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) tells us: “Time has come back to its original state, which it had when Allah created the heavens and the earth. The year is twelve months, of which four are sacred: three are in succession, namely, Dhul-Qi’dah, Dhul-Hijj

Allah Will Make Us Happy and Content.

There are many problems in this life and they may or may not be solved. We have to remember that this life is not the end life. We have to concentrate on the akhira. Allah will make us happy and content. Whenever Allah takes something away and you are patient, Allah will give you something better than what was taken away. This is narrated in an authentic hadith. Allah will give you and give you and give you until you are content. He never said He will give us what we want. He will give us until we are happy with Allah’s decree. We have to remember this world is temporary. Allah asks us three rhetorical questions, how could you think that Allah has abandoned you? How could you think that you are no one and have no worth? Look at the blessings Allah has given you. Always look at them rather than what you don’t have.

Don’t Miss the Most Precious Days of Dhul-Hijjah

The season of hajj is upon us, as the month of Dhul-Hijjah commences. The first ten days of this month are priceless, and are a golden opportunity for Muslims to seek the pleasure of Allah Almighty and receive innumerable blessings. These days are so significant that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these days. And when his Companions asked: “O Messenger of Allah, not even jihad in the way of Allah?” Prophet Muhammad replied: Not even jihad, except for the man who puts his life and wealth in danger returns with neither of them. (Al-Bukhari) These 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah are a chance for Muslims to seek forgiveness from Allah Almighty and become closer to their Creator. And while the extra worship is Sunnah, these precious days should not be squandered or wasted in idleness. These days should be seized like an overripe mango ready to burst from a tree. Allah has bestowed upon mankind so many opp

How Modesty Strengthens Faith

Modesty: A Branch of Faith Along with fear and love of Allah, modesty is a requisite of faith. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) made it clear that modesty is part of faith (Muslim). The reference is not to natural bashfulness, which we profess and practice in our mutual relations, but to the modesty that man must practice in his relationship with Allah. If we are not modest in our relationship with Allah, it will undermine modesty in other relationships, resulting in a loss of aesthetic beauty. What's True Modesty? Modesty has a bearing on human life in a variety of ways and defends man against Satan’s snares. In the following hadith, the Prophet (PBUH) brings out its comprehensive function: Abdullah ibn Masud reported that the Prophet (PBUH) observed,“ Be of true shyness of Allah. ” When those present affirmed that they were modest, he guided them to the real meaning of modesty. According to the hadith, true modesty is to: - be watchful of one

Life is Hard... But It Is Also Very Wonderful

We make life so very complicated, don't we? It's not just the tragedy and the violence which we see on the television news that makes our lives so disjointed and confused. Even choosing a career or selecting a course at college becomes the reason for hours of anguish. Shall I do this or shall I do that? What if I don't like my choice or I'm not good at the course? Young people face choices and decisions which seem ready to overwhelm them. Pressure from adults and even from our own friends makes us have to live up to others' expectations, when all we want is just to get on with our lives. The pressure on young Muslims is greater still. A well as having the usual pressures of life, there is the additional pressure that society places on Islam and Muslims. We didn't blow anyone up, yet people look at us as if we did. We are just ordinary young men and women trying to complete our studies or to succeed in a chosen career, yet the media have managed to make