Wonderfully amazing Ramadan!

Ramadan is wonderfully amazing !

…because :

  1. It teaches me self-control and shows me the real power of my will.
  2. It assures me that I am independent from coffee, sugar and other addictions.
  3. It submits the soul under divine protection and guidance which makes it possible, even for young children, to restrain with joy and ease from food and drink during 16 day-light-hours.
  4. Allah facilitates so many things we never thought being able to accomplish, subhanallah.
  5. All my senses get fine-tuned and my receptivity gets deeper.
  6. It is a gift to feel all of this, every year in a different way, because Ramadan moves every year about 10 days ahead in the calendar, which gives us the opportunity to experience the sacred month in every season over the years.
  7. I feel my vulnerability and humbleness in a very reassuring way.
  8. Allah gives us power and energy we normally do not have (with only 5 hours sleep per night), alhamdulillah.
  9. Doing such an act of worship in community (not for the ego, not to be seen by others, only to fulfill our duties toward our creator) gives much strength.
  10. In Ramadan, Allah’s blessings can be felt more than ever, everywhere: in the cold breeze He sends, in the rain He offers, in the good food He provides every evening and the water that quenches our thirst…

Allahu akbar! Thanks to God.

Ramadan moubarak said 2017/1438!

salaam aleikoum oua rahmatullahi oua barakatuh,

wishing you a great, beautiful, spiritual and productive month!

may it be full of blessing and wonder, love, peace and light,

… maybe thanks to these great ideas from the Productive Muslim-Team

… and some Ramadan Every-Day-Good-Deed-Reminders from Huda.tv:

1. Fajr Prayer with Morning Dhikr (Remembrance)

2. Duha Sitting – From Fajr Till Sunrise (Reading Quran, Zikr, Dua …etc)

3. Duha Prayer (At Least 2 rakahs)

4. Read At Least One Part Everyday + Memorize and Reflect On The Verses Of The Quran

5. Praying Much On The Prophet (peace & blessings be upon him)

6. Charity (Sadaqah). Even if it’s a very small amount

7. Seeking Knowledge (Reading/Listening)

8. Calling To The Way Of Allah (Dawah – Enjoining Good / Forbidding Evil)

9. Upholding Family Ties

10. Reviving A Lost Sunnah (Ex. Using a Siwak Before Each Prayer)

11. Holding Your Tongue & Lowering Your Gaze From Haram (No Arguing, No Backbiting, Watching Movies, TV Shows, Music …etc)

12. Being Good To Parents (Putting A Smile On Their Faces, Helping Out…)

13. Evening Dhikr (Remembrance)

14. Dua (Supplicate For Parents, Muslims Suffering, Family, Yourself…)

15. Breaking Someone’s Fasting (With Date, Water…etc.) or Feeding The Poor

16. Obligatory Prayers (On Earliest Time)

17. Recommended Dhikr After Each Prayer

18. 12 Sunnah Prayers (2 Before Fajr, 4 Before Dhur 2 After, 2 After Maghrib, 2 After Isha)

19. Dhikr Before Bedtime With Wudu

20. Taraweeh Prayer

21. Tahajjud Prayer

22. Seeking Forgiveness Before Fajr (Istighfar)

23. Constant Dhikr Throughout The Day

 

 

 

a supplication

God, Master of the heavens, Master of the earth, Master of all things.
You cause the grain and the date stone to sprout. You sent down the Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur’an.
We seek Your protection against the evil of any evildoer who is in Your hand.
You are the First – there is nothing before You.
You are the Last – there is nothing after You.
You are the Manifest – there is nothing above You.
You are the Hidden – there is nothing beside You.
Relieve our debts and free us from our needs.

The blessed Nights

We’ve just entered the last ten days of Ramadan – those days which are known to be the most blessed days of the entire year.

It’s the time when the night gets more important than the day, and when worship, prayer and repentance become more intense then ever.

It is the time when most Muslims feel a bit dizzy, tired and fuzzy during day but much more energized and motivated by night. It is now that we feel the deepest need and wish to observe voluntary night-prayers, to do extra-worship, to recite and read the Qur’an, to humiliate ourselves, to ask for forgiveness, guidance and His mercy.
These nights are the time when the gates of the heavens are opened, when the angels come down, and when Allah is more willing than ever to listen and to respond to His servant’s invocations, inchaallah.

In these ten days there is one night, the night of decree and power, Al-Qadr’, the most blessed night, which is better than a thousand months, the night when archangel Gabriel came to prophet Mohammed (sas) with God’s first revelation of the Qur’an, the night when God, Allah, decrees every matter of ordainments for the coming year and wherein is peace and blessing until dawn.

Many Muslims now take vacation and spend the whole ten days in the mosque, in submission, remembrance and prayer. It is comparable to the kind of retreat some Christians take when they go visiting a monastery to gain personal insight, to take time for meditation, to experience silence and a deep connection to their creator.
Those who are not able to spend the whole time in mosque (like me), we spend our nights at home in devotion and prayer, reading Qur’an, pondering and reflecting upon its meanings and trying to put worship over everything else.

I ask Allah to give us sincerity, strength and energy to make the most out of these coming nights. I ask Allah to accept all our worship, to accept all our good intentions, all our repentance and to forgive us all our sins. I ask Him for guidance, for His mercy, for protection from our own ego, from shaytan (Satan) and every evil, and I ask Him for rescue from the torment of hellfire.

I pray that we Muslims might be able to carry the piety, the peace and beauty of these precious nights into our everyday-life long after Ramadan is gone. I hope that we might be able to live and to spread around us the message of love and peace that Islam is. And I hope that the entire humanity will be able to experience the beauty and blessing of the glorious night of Al-Qadr, inchallah.

Allahumma taqqabbil minni oua minkoum. Ameen. Salamou aleikoum and may peace be with the worlds!

Xxx

By the way: Nora wrote about some great advice for Non-Muslims visiting or dealing with Muslims during Ramadan-time.  

Bloomy Reminder

“If you ask, then ask of Allah, and if you seek help, then seek it from Allah.
And know that if the whole of the nation were to rally together in order to bring benefit to you in anything, they would not benefit you except with that which Allah has written for you.

And if they were to gather together in order to inflict harm upon you with something, they would not harm you except with that which Allah has written upon you.
The pens have been raised and the pages have dried.”

(Hadith narrated by at-Tirmidhi)

What calming words, subhanallah! – not to forget that beginning everything with a sincere “Bismillah” (“in the name of God, the Almighty”) always acts as the best shield of the believer.

Wishing you a blessed weekend, some blossom and peace at heart, friends!

(p.s. I’ve updated our books-list-page) 

Intentions


stop-sign in Fès-city 

It sometimes is through tests that Allah teaches us lessons.
It sometimes is through uncomfortable incidences that He wants to STOP us.
To hold on.

To correct us, to perfect us, to protect or direct us.

It was an uncomfortable conversation that recently reminded me to correct my own intentions. I shamefully had to realize my own shortcomings and faults.
It was like a waking up call that forced me to think about my sincerity, about my tauba’ (repentance), about my ni’a (intentions), about the weakness of my iman (faith), about the power of my poor ego (nafs), about why I acted as I acted, astaghfirullah,
and it finally forced me to think about our purpose on earth and on how dependent we are from our Creator. Mashaallah.
It was like a call that told me that everything worldly is nothing more than a mere passing, and that nothing here will help or serve me in the hereafter, except Allah’s mercy.

It showed me that I should be more humble, that I should take another direction on how I approach things in this life, that I should purify my own self.
It clearly showed me that I have to strive for more sincerity in all that I do.
It reminded me to focus more on devotion and worship towards Him.
It warned me once again not to worship my own ego, my own needs, nor others or the mainstream. Astaghfirullah (God pardon me!).

It showed me once again that all we do here in this world (dunya) is only worth it, if we do it sincerely for the sake of Allah.
All our efforts should only be made to gain His pleasure and to get His reward on the day of judgement. Ya Rabb!
Those tests hurt.
It hurts to realize that we often are weak, failing and far from perfection.
I then feel humbled and shameful, little and weak.
I see that I have to strive for so many things I sometimes neglect or forget in the hustle and bustle of the everyday life: more concentration in prayer, more sincerity in my work, less interest in human praise, in material wealth and worldy things …
But in the same time, I feel that those tests are a blessed sign from Allah, a sign that He loves us and that He cares for us. Alhamdulillah.
I feel encouraged and hopeful and full of gratitude that He is it who gives us guidance through what He decided is best for us, even if it hurts sometimes. Subhanallah.

Oh Lord, Allah, may YOU guide us all towards what is good,
may YOU give us the wisdom to act in the best manner,
may YOU make us steadfast in the deen (Your religion),
may YOU purify us and make us sincere and honourable human beings, following Your beloved prophet (sas), with the best intentions to gain only Your pleasure in this world and in the hereafter.
Ameen.


“Himmelstreppe” (steps towards the sky) by Hansjörg Voth, Moroccan desert  

{ Ramadan moment }

 
 
 

« O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion; nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not “Trinity»: desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son.
To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs. « 

(The Holy Quran, Sura 4 An-Nisa, verse 171)